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Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are a set of human-made chemicals that are found in the environment worldwide. More than 2 billion pounds of PCBs were purposely manufactured in the United States and sold by Monsanto under the trade name Aroclor. They were banned from sale in 1979 when the public learned that they were likely carcinogens. Now, these chemicals are known to cause cancer, disrupt hormones, and are implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism. Unfortunately, although Aroclors were banned from sale, they were not banned from use. They remain in many devices and building materials. This talk will summarize the latest research on PCBs, especially PCBs in air of schools, where they remain present in caulking, adhesives, and electrical equipment.
Guest speaker: Keri Hornbuckle
Keri Hornbuckle is the Donald E. Bently Professor of Engineering and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa. She is on the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Human Toxicology and a Research Engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering. She is the director of the Iowa Superfund Research Program, a multi project research center funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.