Though there are many individual toxics that warrant concern, we dedicate a page to PCBs because it is a hazardous chemical in our environment that is currently being studied and in the news. Take some time to read up on the latest news about PCBs and why they are a concern.
Print this PCB Primer (PDF) for a summary about where PCBs come from and go to, what is being done locally and what active steps you personally can take.
This 8.5 by 11-inch PDF is also a great visual overview of The PCB Challenge and makes a great classroom handout.
Here are some additional links to information about PCBs. The last link - Washington Toxics Coalition - has information on a wide variety of toxic chemicals plus general healthy living guidance.
Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force
The Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force (SRRTTF) leads efforts to find and reduce toxic compounds in the Spokane River. The goal of the task force is to develop a comprehensive plan to bring the Spokane River into compliance with water quality standards for PCBs.
PCBs in Municipal Products
In this study (PDF), the City of Spokane sampled numerous products commonly used by municipalities across the state. A partial list of products tested includes motor oil, yellow and white road paints, deicer, pesticides, hydroseed, pipe material, cleaners and degreasers, and personal care products. The study has a helpful introduction explaining the history and chemical structure of PCBs.
The Mission Statement of Washington Toxics Coalition is to protect public health and the environment by eliminating toxic pollution. WTC promotes alternatives, advocates policies, empowers communities, and educates people to create a healthy environment.