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Polychlorinated Biphenyls are mixtures of up to 209 individual chlorinated compounds. There is no known natural sources of PCBs. PCBs are either oily liquids or solids that are colorless or light yellow. The manufacture of PCBs was stopped in the U.S. in 1977 because of evidence they build up in the environment and can cause harmful health effects. Products made before 1977 that may contain PCBs include old fluorescent lighting fixtures and electrical devices containing PCB capacitors, and old microscope and hydraulic oils. PCBs do not readily break down in the environment and thus may remain there for very long periods of time. PCBs can travel long distances in the air and be deposited in areas far away from where they were released.* PCBs also bind strongly to soil. It also accumulates in fish and marine mammals, reaching levels that may be many thousands of times higher than in the water.
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