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Definition of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

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Definition as written by Magpye:

A group of synthetic, toxic industrial chemical compounds once used in making paint and electrical transformers which are chemically inert and not biodegradable. PCBs were frequently found in industrial wastes, and subsequently found their way into surface and ground waters. As a result of their persistence, they tend to accumulate in the environment. In terms of streams and rivers, PCBs are drawn to sediment, to which they attach and can remain virtually indefinitely. Although virtually banned in 1979 with the passage of the Toxic Substances Control Act, they continue to appear in the flesh of fish and other animals.


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