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PCBs in the environment

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  • K. C. Jones
  • V. Burnett
  • R. Duarte-Davidson
  • K. S. Waterhouse
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/05/1991
<mark>Journal</mark>Chemistry in Britain
Issue number5
Volume27
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)435-438
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) persist in the UK environment despite restrictions on their use and disposal that have been in force for over a decade. Recent analytical advances have given us insights into the environmental behaviour of this complex group of chemicals and show that they may remain mobile in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems for many years to come. Some PCBs are selectively degraded in the environment, while others resist degradation and continue to be recycled through living organisms. Simple models can be developed for the distribution of PCBs in the environment and are useful in predicting long term effects.