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Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

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National TSCA Hotline

Phone: (202) 554-1404, Monday through Friday
Fax (document requests only): (202) 554-5603
E-mail: TSCA-Hotline@epa.gov

National PCB Web site Information about PCBs, their effects, and the laws and regulations applicable to them.

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are synthetic chemicals that were manufactured for use in various industrial and commercial applications - including oil in electrical and hydraulic equipment, and plasticizers in paints, plastics and rubber products - because of their non-flammability, chemical stability, high boiling point and electrical insulation properties.

Concern over PCB toxicity and persistence in the environment led Congress to enact Section 6(e) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in 1976, which limits the manufacture, processing and distribution of PCBs. 

When released into the environment, PCBs do not easily break down. Instead, they persist for many years, bioaccumulate and bioconcentrate in organisms.  The EPA has classified PCBs as probable human carcinogens. Long-term effects of PCB exposure include harm to the nervous and reproductive system, immune system suppression, hormone disruption and skin and eye irritation.

Region 5 PCB Program

The Region 5 PCB Program regulates the processing, distribution, use, cleanup, storage and disposal of PCBs under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin and provides support for TSCA compliance.

Region 5 PCB Staff Directory

Each program contact provides compliance assistance on all the PCB regulations

Toxics Section

Pesticides and Toxics Compliance Section

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