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EPA releases guidance on reducing exposure to PCBs

September 25 2009

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a series of steps that building owners and school administrators should take to reduce exposure to PCBs that may be found in caulk in many buildings constructed or renovated between 1950 and 1978.

The agency is also conducting new research to better understand the risks posed by caulk containing PCBs.

This research will guide EPA in making further recommendations on long-term measures to minimize exposure as well as steps to prioritize and carry out actions to remove the caulk to better protect public health.

Additional information, including guidance documents for contractors handling PCBs in caulk during renovation, can be found on EPA’s Web site.

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