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PBTs and You

Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

PBTs may be affecting your health and the health of your community. If you have specific questions or need information about PBTs in your state or community, we can offer you several sources of information.

First, if you are seeking information on chemical releases to the environment from industries in your area, please refer to EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). The TRI is a valuable source of information about toxic chemicals that are being used, manufactured, treated, transported, or released into the environment.

Second, your state may maintain records of fish consumption advisories. These are notices to you, the consumer, of fish contamination and a warning to refrain from consumption of contaminated fish. These advisories are captured in the Fish and Wildlife Consumption Advisories Database. This database includes all available information describing state, tribal, and federally issued fish and wildlife consumption advisories in the United States for the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four US territories and has been expanded to include the 12 Canadian provinces and territories. The data base contains information provided to EPA by the states, tribes and Canada as of December 1997.

Third, if you have products or think you have products that contain PBT chemicals and require information on how to dispose of them properly, please contact your local state health or environmental agency or your EPA regional official.

Your state may operate "clean sweeps" programs which have been established to help citizens and businesses dispose of chemicals safely. The following states have "clean sweeps" programs:

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Got an idea on how to avoid the use or disposal of PBT chemicals or how to prevent PBT pollution? Here are several links that may be of interest to you:

Information on the PBT Profiler
An online risk-screening tool that looks at a chemical's structure and predicts its potential to persist in the environment, bioaccumulate in animals, and be toxic.

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