PCB Lawsuit: Exploring PCB Exposure And Its Health Effects

Key Takeaways:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of PCB exposure, its sources, and the and potential risks to human health.
  • Explore the various health effects associated with PCB exposure, from neurological and developmental issues to cancer risks, shedding light on the potential consequences for affected individuals.
  • Gain insights into the legal aspects of PCB lawsuits, including the criteria for filing a lawsuit and seeking compensation for health-related damages caused by PCB exposure.

Overview of PCB Exposure and Related Health Effects

Question: What are the health effects related to PCB exposure?

Answer: PCB exposure can lead to severe negative health effects, such as liver damage, chloracne, and respiratory problems.

Intro to PCB Lawsuit: Health Effects Related to PCB Exposure

On this page, we’ll discuss this question in further depth, provide an overview of what PCB exposure is, explain the related health effects mentioned in the PCB lawsuit, and much more.

PCB Lawsuit Exploring PCB Exposure and its Health Effects

Prolonged PCB exposure is often seen in workers in plants that manufacture and use PCBs.

PCBs can be found in numerous environments, often embedded in materials and products such as:

  • Building components
  • Electrical apparatus
  • Hydraulic and heat transfer fluids
  • Lubricants
  • Plasticizers
  • Pigments
  • Carbonless copy paper

If you or a loved one has experienced adverse health conditions after being exposed to PCB chemicals, contact TruLawsuit Info today using the chat on this page to receive an instant case evaluation.

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Lawsuit Updates

  • June 6, 2024 Update:

    On June 5, 2024, a state appeals court in North Carolina directed North Carolina State University to allow an independent probe into Poe Hall, citing ongoing air quality concerns and possible contamination by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

    The court’s mandate includes comprehensive testing by an external expert, with a specific focus on the building’s HVAC supply ducts, a noted source of PCB exposure.

    Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, are industrial chemicals associated with cancer, reproductive and developmental issues, fatty liver, genotoxicity, and immunosuppression.

    Despite tests indicating that PCB levels at Poe Hall fall below the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) safety standards, the university preemptively closed the building in November of the previous year following initial test results confirming the presence of these harmful substances.

    The upcoming independent investigation seeks to definitively determine the contamination levels and assess the health risks associated with prolonged PCB exposure in Poe Hall.

    The results could significantly influence future regulatory measures and health safety protocols, potentially affecting not only North Carolina State University but also other institutions facing similar issues.

    Individuals who believe they have suffered health complications due to PCB exposure in educational facilities might consider legal action. 

    To determine your eligibility for a PCB Exposure Lawsuit, contact us or use the chatbot on this page for immediate assistance.

    June 4, 2024

    Recent investigations at North Carolina State University’s Poe Hall have reaffirmed that levels of Aroclor-1262, a PCB compound, are maintained below the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety standards for indoor school environments.

    These findings emerged during the second testing phase with the HVAC system active, revealing a slight elevation in PCB concentrations compared to prior assessments.

    The source of PCBs has been identified as gold-colored insulation sealant within the HVAC supply ducts.

    Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), known to interfere with thyroid and reproductive functions, increase risks of cardiovascular and liver diseases, and diabetes.

    Historically, PCBs were incorporated into construction materials such as caulking and sealants, prevalent from elementary schools to universities for their durability and flexibility.

    Despite their utility, these chemicals have been linked to significant health concerns, prompting a government ban in the late 1970s.

    Nevertheless, they continue to pose health risks.

    If you or a loved one has experienced adverse health conditions after being exposed to PCB chemicals, contact TruLawsuit Info today using the chat on this page to receive an instant case evaluation.

  • May 30, 2024 Update:

    May 30, 2024

    Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Glenn Yamahiro has decided to allow the City of Milwaukee’s lawsuit against Monsanto and several other firms to proceed.

    This case revolves around claims that these companies polluted Milwaukee’s water systems with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), substances banned in the late 1970s linked to various cancers and severe health conditions in both humans and animals.

    The litigation, initiated in September by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and the city, accuses Monsanto of concealing the risks of PCBs, knowing their harmful effects since the 1930s.

    The city claims PCBs entered the environment through industrial activities, including the use of Milorganite, a fertilizer once used in county parks and school fields.

    Monsanto has rejected the claims, stating they stopped producing PCBs nearly 50 years ago and had no involvement in the manufacturing or disposal of PCBs in the Milwaukee region.

    During the court proceedings, Monsanto’s defense attorney argued that the claims were not only outdated but also improperly applied, asserting that Monsanto could not be held liable in the absence of recent conduct or harm.

    Judge Yamahiro dismissed Monsanto’s motion to end the lawsuit, clarifying that the legal issue is the inherent risk of PCBs, not their design.

    He also countered the defense’s interpretation of nuisance law, noting that just because contamination cannot be detected by the senses does not mean the nuisance claim is invalid.

    The city and the sewerage district, representing approximately 1.1 million residents, are seeking significant damages to cover the costs of PCB cleanup.

    These efforts have involved both the EPA and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and have nearly depleted a local disposal facility.

    A status conference for the case is scheduled for June 17, as the city continues to assert that the ongoing PCB contamination constitutes a continuing cause of action due to its persistent harm.

    If you or someone you know has experienced health issues due to PCB exposure in schools around the St. Louis area, you might be eligible to initiate a claim. 

    Contact us for a no-cost consultation, or utilize the chatbot on this page to instantly check if you qualify for the PCB Exposure Lawsuit.

    May 17, 2024

    The PCB lawsuit is ongoing.

    A bill intended to halt Vermont’s school PCB testing program failed in the state senate, as it was not presented for a vote before the end of the legislative session.

    The Senate President decided against bringing the bill to vote, expressing concerns that pausing the testing could adversely affect an ongoing lawsuit against PCB producer Monsanto.

    furthermore, recent changes in oversight by the Agency of Natural Resources made the legislative pause redundant, given the agency’s commitment to revising the testing protocol.

    The intended PCB testing initiative in Vermont aims to evaluate older educational buildings for toxic PCB chemicals in the indoor air, with the goal of identifying and addressing high levels of PCBs to ensure the safety of school environments.

    If you or someone you know has experienced health issues due to PCB exposure in schools around the St. Louis area, you might be eligible to initiate a claim. 

    Contact us for a no-cost consultation, or utilize the chatbot on this page to instantly check if you qualify for the PCB Exposure Lawsuit.

    May 13, 2024

    Vermont’s initiative to assess and address PCB contamination in public schools, particularly those built or renovated before 1980, continues to expose alarming levels of this hazardous chemical.

    This state-mandated program, initiated by the legislature in 2021, aims to identify and mitigate PCB presence following its initial discovery at Burlington High School.

    The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation has conducted air quality tests for PCBs in 19 schools across the state.

    Findings indicate that seven of these schools have spaces contaminated with PCBs.

    Notably, two schools have reported contamination levels high enough to require immediate action.

    Recent testing at Bellows Falls Union High School has shown PCB concentrations surpassing state safety standards, marking some of the most severe levels found to date in Vermont’s ongoing environmental health campaign.

    The school is undergoing extensive remediation efforts to address the significant contamination detected in various building areas.

    The findings from this initiative not only underscore the ongoing challenges of managing PCB contamination but also highlight the critical need for comprehensive environmental safety measures in schools to protect public health.

    May 1, 2024

    Monroe Teachers’ $185M Monsanto Verdict Overturned on Appeal

    A state appeals court judge has overturned a $185 million jury verdict awarded to three former teachers at the Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe, alleging exposure to toxic chemicals at the school left them with permanent health defects.

    The ruling potentially sends the case back to King County for another trial, but the plaintiffs could first take their case to the state Supreme Court.

    Details of the Original Jury Verdict

    After a seven-week trial in 2021, a King County jury found Monsanto liable for the contamination at the school.

    It awarded damages to the three teachers — Kerry Erickson, Michelle Leahy, and Joyce Marquardt.

    They were the first of hundreds of teachers, students, and their families to go to trial over their exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, that leaked from light ballasts in the school.

    For compensatory damages, the jury awarded $15 million each to Erickson, $18 million to Leahy, and $17 million to Marquardt.

    On top of that, the jury also agreed to award each with $45 million in punitive damages.

    The plaintiffs’ attorneys successfully argued Monsanto should be subject to the law in Missouri, where Monsanto is based, as Washington does not allow punitive damages in this type of case.

    In a statement, Monsanto called the ruling “very significant.”

    The company said it will consider its legal options regarding the application of this ruling to other SVEC verdicts that conflict with it and how this ruling could affect any future trials.

  • April 1, 2024 Update:

    April 24, 2024:

    The PCB Lawsuit is ongoing.

    In the PCB Lawsuit against Monsanto in Washington State, the presiding judge has decreased the punitive damages previously awarded from $857 million to $438 million.

    The legal proceedings involve several students and parents exposed to PCBs at a school in the Seattle area.

    Initially, the court granted $73 million in compensatory damages and $784 million in punitive damages to seven former students and parent volunteers suffering from neurological and endocrine system disorders due to PCB exposure.

    The court upheld the compensatory damages but slashed the punitive damages to $365 million, about five times the compensatory amount.

    Additionally, the judge modified the total damages by $1.5 million to account for a related settlement.

    The reduction came after Monsanto contended that the original punitive damages were excessively high, citing U.S. Supreme Court guidelines stipulating that punitive damages should not surpass nine times the compensatory damages.

    Despite the reduction, a Monsanto spokesperson announced intentions to appeal, maintaining that the punitive damages remain disproportionate and denying that the plaintiffs were exposed to hazardous levels of PCBs.

    This case is part of broader ongoing PCB Lawsuit litigation, alleging severe health issues, including cancer and thyroid conditions, due to PCB exposure at the Sky Valley center.

    If you or a loved one has been exposed to PCBs and have suffered negative health issues, you may be eligible to file a claim.

    Call today for a free consultation, or use the chatbot on this page for an instant PCB lawsuit case evaluation.

    April 15, 2024:

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun a project to remove contamination from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at the North Austin Community Center in Chicago.

    This cleanup effort started last week and is expected to continue for about four to six weeks.

    PCBs are toxic chemical compounds once used in various industries. Due to their association with numerous health hazards, they were banned in the United States in 1979.

    Since the North Austin Community Center opened in early 2023, the presence of PCBs has been a concern due to potential health risks.

    The remediation process involves digging up contaminated areas and replacing them with clean stone, concrete, asphalt, and topsoil to rehabilitate the affected surfaces.

    Materials contaminated with PCBs will be transported to approved landfills for secure disposal.

    For the safety of the public, the EPA has enclosed the area with fencing to limit access and is actively checking the air quality nearby.

    April 12, 2024:

    Maine has initiated a legal suit against Monsanto in Cumberland County Superior Court, accusing the company of knowingly marketing products with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that have heavily polluted the environment.

    This lawsuit joins an increasing number of legal actions against Monsanto for its involvement in distributing products containing PCBs.

    Used in various construction materials and electrical components, PCBs have been associated with severe health problems, including cancer among others.

    Despite the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ban on PCBs in the 1970s, their ongoing presence in Maine has necessitated broad fish consumption warnings due to persistent environmental risks.

    The suit alleges that Monsanto was conscious of the harmful impacts of PCBs well before their prohibition but continued to profit from their sales.

    Maine’s Attorney General has pointed out that there is evidence of Monsanto’s intentional negligence towards public health and the environment by persistently selling these dangerous chemicals.

    Monsanto has disputed the claims, arguing that the lawsuit lacks foundation and noting that it stopped producing PCBs fifty years ago.

    The company further explained that any PCBs found in Maine likely came from third-party sources since Monsanto did not directly produce or dispose of PCBs within the state.

    This legal action follows similar cases, such as Vermont’s lawsuit last year regarding natural resource contamination, which marked the start of such state-level legal challenges.

    In a significant development, Bayer, Monsanto’s parent company, settled with Oregon for $698 million in 2022 to address accusations of PCB pollution.

    Maine is seeking compensation for the extensive remediation needed for 400 miles of its rivers and streams and 1.8 million ocean acres impacted by PCB contamination.

    April 11, 2024:

    The State of Oregon has reached a landmark settlement with Bayer, the corporate parent of Monsanto, agreeing to a $698 million resolution concerning a lawsuit over PCB contamination.

    This agreement is noted as the most substantial environmental damage recovery in Oregon’s history, according to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

    Launched in 2018, the lawsuit focused on Monsanto’s production of PCBs which concluded in 1977, shortly before the substances were banned in 1979 due to their harmful environmental and health impacts.

    Monsanto’s PCBs, which were incorporated into products like paint and hydraulic fluids, have caused enduring environmental damage in Oregon, affecting landfills, riverbeds, and local wildlife.

    The contamination continues to pose threats to fish, and subsequently to larger predators and humans who consume these fish, illustrating the persistent impact of the chemicals on the ecosystem.

    This settlement not only represents the largest environmental recovery in Oregon’s history but also significantly exceeds the amounts settled in similar PCB lawsuits with other states, highlighting the gravity of PCB pollution issues faced by Oregon.

    The settlement funds are designated for extensive environmental restoration efforts throughout the state, including initiatives for assessing natural resource damage, enhancing air and water quality, cleaning up contaminated sites, and protecting wildlife habitats.

    April 10, 2024:

    The City of Los Angeles has initiated a lawsuit against Monsanto, currently a part of Bayer Co., alleging responsibility for PCB contamination in the city’s water bodies.

    The legal action, taken in the Superior Court of L.A. County, seeks to have Monsanto address the pollution and compensate the city for past cleaning costs.

    Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are man-made chemicals once utilized in various industries for products like hydraulic fluids and fireproofing materials.

    Banned in 1979 by the Toxic Substances Control Act due to their severe health and environmental risks, PCBs were predominantly produced by Monsanto from 1929 to 1977, accounting for over 99% of PCBs used or sold in the U.S.

    The lawsuit accuses Monsanto of concealing the environmental risks of PCBs, resulting in extensive contamination of Los Angeles’ stormwater, wastewater systems, and surface waters.

    Bayer has dismissed the claims as baseless, noting that Monsanto voluntarily stopped producing PCBs more than forty years ago.

    Bayer also maintains that Monsanto did not directly discharge PCBs into the waters of Los Angeles and argues that it should not be held accountable for the alleged contamination.

    April 1, 2024:

    Over 150 cancer cases could be linked to PCB contamination in Poe Hall, a facility at North Carolina State University. 

    The presence of PCBs was initially detected during the building’s 2018 Waterproofing Project.

    The EPA classifies PCBs as “probable human carcinogens,” and their discovery in building materials led to closures and detailed testing.

    Concerns first emerged in August 2023, with subsequent tests indicating high PCB levels in caulk samples from the 2018 renovation.

    The university is collaborating with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to conduct a health evaluation and is providing updates through a dedicated website.

    In March 2024, N.C. State conducted an informational webinar for faculty, staff, and students in the College of Education and Department of Psychology.

    Built in 1971, Poe Hall is under investigation for its historical use of PCBs and their potential effects on former students and staff.

    Our law firm is also looking into PCB exposure in schools around the St. Louis area.

    If you have been exposed to PCBs and have suffered health issues as a result, you might be eligible to file a claim. 

    Contact our law firm for more details.

  • March 1, 2024 Update:

    March 25, 2024:

    North Carolina State University is under scrutiny for the detection of carcinogenic PCBs in Poe Hall and D.H. Hill Jr. Library.

    The university disclosed the contamination in Poe Hall only in the last year, despite knowing about the PCB presence in its facilities since 2018.

    The presence of these toxic substances, exceeding EPA’s safety thresholds, presents significant health dangers.

    Links exist between PCB exposure and various health problems, including cancer, immune system damage, and reproductive issues.

    During renovations; the university enlisted consultants to perform tests, which revealed high levels of PCBs in the exterior caulk.

    Critics argue that NC State should have taken more decisive measures when the PCBs were first identified.

    The discovery of PCB mixtures Aroclor-1254 and Aroclor-1268 has heightened concerns about the risk of indoor air contamination.

    Challenges have been made against NC State’s claim that the HVAC system is the primary source of PCB contamination.

    The presence of PCBs in exterior caulk suggests the possibility of indoor pollution, as these compounds can linger in building materials.

    The absence of thorough testing in other parts of the building amplifies concerns about potential health risks.

    NC State, however, does not perform regular PCB testing in its buildings.

    The recent PCB tests in Holladay Hall reflect continued efforts to manage contamination risks.

    A link has been suggested between PCBs in Poe Hall and a cluster of breast cancer cases.

    A memo disclosed that over two decades, among 100 to 200 employees, there were six cancer cases reported, including four cases of breast cancer, one of lung cancer, and one of papillary thyroid carcinoma.

    For a free consultation regarding PCB exposure in school and work environments, contact us today. 

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  • February 1, 2024 Update:

    February 23, 2024:

    North Carolina State University is currently addressing PCB contamination at Poe Hall, a concern that has gained attention in recent news.

    Following reports by inside Higher Ed, which included interviews with faculty, university spokespersons, and Poe Hall occupants, the university has embarked on a comprehensive response plan.

    This plan includes extensive testing and remediation efforts, such as air quality assessments and thorough cleaning, to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff.

    In addition to physical remediation efforts, N.C. State has enhanced communication with the campus community, notably through a dedicated website providing updates and support resources.

    The university is also collaborating with the CDC and NIOSH on a health study to assess potential impacts on the health of individuals who spent time in Poe Hall.

    Legal inquiries into the university’s handling of the PCB contamination are underway.

    Chancellor Randy Woodson has reiterated the university’s commitment to transparency and the well-being of the N.C. State community.

    As part of its ongoing response, Poe Hall will remain closed for remediation, and the university is reviewing its environmental health protocols to prevent similar incidents in the future.

  • October 1, 2023 Update:

    October 2, 2023:

    Our legal team persists in exploring PCB lawsuits, with a particular emphasis on instances of PCB exposure in educational institutions that utilized fluorescent lighting fixtures containing these harmful substances.

    Legal actions against Monsanto, presently a subsidiary of Bayer, over persistent PCB contamination in their water systems have been initiated by several municipalities and government entities.

    The city of Milwaukee is one such entity that has lodged a lawsuit in response to the toxic effects of PCBs, industrial chemicals that were commonly used until they were outlawed in 1979.

    Allegations by the city assert that Monsanto was the producer of nearly 99% of PCBs sold within the United States, and they deliberately hid the dangers associated with these cancer-causing compounds.

    PCBs, due to their resistance to degradation, persist in the environment and pose significant hazards to humans consuming PCB-tainted fish or shellfish.

    The City of Milwaukee has initiated a lawsuit to recoup the substantial costs, running into millions of dollars, associated with the investigation and remediation of this PCB contamination.

    The contamination in Milwaukee’s environment is attributed to a variety of sources and industrial applications, inclusive of construction materials and electrical apparatus.

    Spearheading the lawsuit are the city itself, along with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), who collectively allege private and public nuisance, trespassing, and product liability, among other accusations.

    The Milwaukee Estuary, along with its surrounding rivers, has been severely impacted by contamination, necessitating extensive sediment removal operations.

    The establishment of a new disposal facility to manage this issue is projected to exceed $100 million in costs.

    Furthermore, PCB contamination has been associated with Milorganite, a fertilizer derived from MMSD’s wastewater treatment plant’s recycled biosolids.

    This association has led to significant financial setbacks.

    Monsanto, presently known as Bayer, refutes any accountability for the PCB contamination in Milwaukee.

    They assert that they neither produced nor disposed of PCBs in the region and discontinued lawful PCB production over four decades ago.

    This lawsuit contributes to an ongoing series of legal proceedings against Monsanto and its parent company regarding product-related allegations.

    This litigation contributes to an array of lawsuits targeting Monsanto and its parent corporation, with allegations tied to their products, such as the Roundup herbicide.

  • September 1, 2024 Update:

    September 23, 2023:

    The potential health impacts of PCB exposure in educational institutions that employ fluorescent lighting fixtures containing these hazardous substances are currently under rigorous examination by our team of legal experts.

    Chicago has initiated legal proceedings against Monsanto Co., accusing the corporation of discharging polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into the city’s environmental resources.

    The lawsuit alleges that Monsanto, along with its co-defendants, knowingly discharged these hazardous chemicals while misrepresenting the associated risks to the public.

    Brandon Johnson, Chicago’s Mayor, asserts that Monsanto’s actions have exacerbated environmental problems and disparities in various city neighborhoods.

    The lawsuit serves as a testament to the city’s commitment to safeguarding its residents and natural resources.

    In retaliation, Monsanto has dismissed the lawsuit as baseless, asserting that they neither produced nor disposed of PCBs in or around Chicago and halted production over four decades ago.

    Moreover, Monsanto insinuates that Chicago itself could be liable for PCB discharges, citing more than 200 combined sewage outfalls that release into the Great Lakes watershed.

    PCBs, prohibited by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the late 1970s, were used in a variety of applications such as paint, electrical equipment, and sealants and persist in the environment.

    Exposure to PCBs can lead to health complications like alterations to the liver, thyroid, and reproductive systems, decreased birth weights, and potential cancer links.

    The lawsuit filed by Chicago aims to recover damages for costs incurred during the cleaning and remediation of PCB contamination within its boundaries and waterways.

    September 17, 2023:

    Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection has secured a $100 million settlement from Monsanto, an agrochemical firm now under Bayer, for the widespread contamination of the state’s water bodies with PCBs spanning over half a century.

    The contamination affected approximately 1,300 miles of streams and 3,600 acres of lakes.

    The settlement funds, as stated by Secretary Rich Negrin, will be allocated to cover the costs already accrued due to the contamination and to facilitate further clean-up operations.

    The lawsuit against Monsanto was initiated due to their production of PCBs – chemicals that accumulate in small organisms and fish, thereby posing a risk to humans who consume these fish.

    Tim Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission, underscored the long-term impact of PCB pollution on the state’s aquatic resources.

    It is important to acknowledge that this is not an isolated case; Bayer has previously settled multiple lawsuits regarding Monsanto’s PCBs in various states, including a significant $698 million settlement with Oregon.

    Despite agreeing to the settlement, Monsanto did not admit liability or wrongdoing.

    They issued a statement highlighting that their production of PCBs ceased in 1977 and that they neither manufactured nor disposed of them in Pennsylvania.

    However, historical records suggest that Monsanto was aware of the harmful effects and persistent nature of PCBs as early as 1937.

    These chemicals were extensively used in a variety of products, such as paints, sealants, and electrical equipment, and were often required in construction due to their valued qualities until their US ban in 1979.

  • August 1, 2023 Update:

    August 31, 2023:

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has publicized and released a summary regarding the allocation of funds for the decontamination of a PCB-infected Superfund Site in Georgia.

    On the 29th of July, 2016, the EPA made a settlement agreement with Honeywell International Inc. and Georgia Power Company.

    This agreement entails the commitment of approximately $29 million to the remediation efforts at the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site, a 760-acre saltwater marsh located in Brunswick, GA.

    A crucial aim of this remediation is to potentially lift the existing prohibitions on commercial fishing and advisories on fish consumption.

    Honeywell International Inc., a multinational conglomerate based in Morris Plains, NJ, and Georgia Power Co., an electric power company situated in Atlanta, GA, are the key players involved in this settlement.

    Historical data shows that from 1919 to 1994, the LCP Chemicals Superfund Site was home to various industrial operations.

    As a result, it suffered contamination from hazardous substances like mercury and PCBs. In 1996, due to its condition, it was added to the National Priorities List.

    Efforts towards cleanup commenced in 1994 and included measures like demolition of contaminated infrastructure, dredging of the marsh, and removal of contaminated soil.

    The most recent settlement aims to enhance cleanup activities in the site’s tidal marsh and creeks.

    As per the settlement agreement, both companies are required to dredge and install protective caps in specific tidal creeks, introduce clean sediment over an area spanning 11 acres of marsh, and restore areas impacted by construction.

    This will significantly reduce the levels of harmful contaminants in the marsh’s sediments and safeguard its wildlife.

    To guarantee the enduring success of these measures, both Honeywell and Georgia Power have pledged to persistently monitor the long-term effects of the cleanup on health and environmental conditions.

    August 25, 2023:

    A legal action was initiated on August 24th in the Superior Court of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, asserting that General Electric Company (GE) and Monsanto Company deliberately exposed people to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), subsequently causing cancer.

    The plaintiff is the spouse of a former teacher at Allendale Elementary School who succumbed to multiple types of cancer in February 2022.

    The lawsuit suggests her diseases were due to hazardous waste exposure, including PCBs, from nearby GE facilities.

    This is the sixth such case in the county, with earlier allegations being made by mothers from the Allendale region, a business proprietor, and others linking their cancer diagnoses to PCB exposure from these sites.

    Monsanto has refuted these claims, maintaining they neither produced nor disposed of PCBs near Allendale Elementary School or within the larger Pittsfield area.

    Those who have experienced health issues following potential PCB exposure at work or school may qualify to lodge a PCB Exposure Lawsuit claim.

    August 24, 2023:

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has conceded to a lawsuit filed by the Gunpowder Riverkeeper in 2020, agreeing to examine fish for toxic pollutants in two Maryland rivers, namely the Gunpowder and its tributaries.

    The Maryland Department of the Environment had previously detected PCB contamination in fish tissue from the Gunpowder and Bird Rivers in 2006 and 2008.

    However, they attributed the pollution to the Susquehanna River, implying that local control was not the solution.

    This standpoint was endorsed by the EPA in 2016.

    However, Gunpowder Riverkeeper Theaux LeGardeur challenged this approval with a lawsuit, proposing that local PCB sources like the former C.P. Crane power plant and Aberdeen Proving Ground were neglected.

    Although the suggested settlement does not mandate a reevaluation of the state’s remediation strategies, it seeks to augment public comprehension of fish contamination risks in the impacted areas.

    Previous studies have underscored elevated PCB concentrations in regions linked to Gunpowder.

    In light of the recent settlement, the EPA has pledged to disclose its findings on PCB pollution in the specified areas publicly.

    Furthermore, they plan to convene a public assembly by 2026 concerning cleanup plans if neither state nor local authorities step up.

PCB Lawsuit Investigation: Linking School Contamination to Health Issues

Notably, an array of building materials and outdated fluorescent light fixtures, especially discovered in educational institutions across the United States, have been identified as sources of these chemicals.

Consequently, schoolchildren and educational professionals might be amongst the demographics experiencing prolonged, chronic exposure to PCBs.

PCB Lawsuit Investigation Linking School Contamination to Health Issues

As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an accumulation of PCBs can occur in the body amidst prolonged and chronic exposure, posing potential health risks.

Should you, or someone close to you, have encountered PCBs in a vocational or educational environment and thereafter faced health complications, you may be eligible to file a PCB Exposure Lawsuit claim.

Contact TruLaw for a free consultation.

Additionally, utilize the chatbot available on this page for a free assessment of your case.

Our legal team, profoundly dedicated to assisting those undeservedly harmed, is here to help you navigate the path to financial compensation for your experiences.

Connect with us to access further details and explore how our PCB Attorneys can assist you in your journey.

An Overview of the PCB Lawsuit Investigation

PCB Lawsuit Investigation Overview

Our legal team is presently embarking on a meticulous exploration into prospective PCB Litigation, offering complimentary consultations to students and professionals who have endured PCB exposures.

Throughout this article, we will explore deeper into the critical discussions surrounding PCBs, which have been associated with numerous detrimental health consequences and are classified as potential human carcinogens.

Particularly in aging school structures and additional establishments employing obsolete fluorescent lighting fixtures, concentrations of PCBs have been notably prevalent.

If an encounter with PCBs in your workplace or educational institution has resulted in subsequent health complications, your situation warrants attention.

Identifying Companies That Produce PCBs

Throughout the 20th century, a variety of corporations engaged in the production of PCBs or utilized them in the creation of electrical apparatus and devices.

A non-exhaustive list of entities involved in PCB production includes:

  • Monsanto Company
  • General Electric (GE)
  • Westinghouse Electric Corporation
  • ABB (ASEA Brown Boveri)
  • Siemens
  • Capacitor Manufacturers such as Cornell-Dubilier, Sprague Electric, and Illinois Capacitor, among others.

Where Is PCB Found?

Due to their historical utilization and enduring presence in the environment, PCBs can be identified in numerous locales.

Below are some typical sources where the presence of PCBs might be encountered:

Electrical Equipment: Historically, PCBs found widespread application as insulating fluids within electrical transformers and capacitors.

Consequently, older electrical devices, particularly those fabricated prior to the PCB production ban, might still house PCBs.

Industrial Sites: Sites of manufacturing entities, chemical plants, and additional industrial venues where PCBs were either utilized or manufactured may possess residual contamination in adjacent soil, water, or surrounding regions.

Buildings and Construction Materials: To enhance their longevity and fire resistance, PCBs were incorporated into building components, such as caulking, paint formulations, sealants, and plastics.

Materials containing PCBs may still be present in older edifices.

Natural Environment: As persistent pollutants, PCBs can become concentrated in soil, sediment, and aquatic environments.

These chemicals may find their way into these settings via industrial discharges, inadequate disposal practices, and atmospheric deposition.

Food Supply and Food Chain: Bioaccumulation of PCBs can transpire within food chains, notably within fish and additional seafood entities.

Predatory aquatic species positioned at the apex of their respective food webs tend to manifest elevated concentrations of PCBs.

Consumer Goods: Even though their application has been curtailed or outright prohibited, certain consumer items crafted prior to the implementation of these regulatory measures may still exhibit PCB remnants.

Such products encompass carbonless copy paper, pigments, lubricating substances, and plasticizers.

Exploring Commercial PCB Mixtures and Types

Exploring Commercial PCB Mixtures and Types

Typically formulated as amalgamations of varied PCB congeners, PCB blends, often recognized by the commercial alias Aroclor Series, have a storied history of production.

The creation of these mixtures involved a calculated incorporation of chlorine into biphenyl batches until a designated chlorine weight percentage was achieved.

Commercial blends featuring elevated chlorine percentages predominantly encompassed a higher ratio of extensively chlorinated congeners, albeit every mixture was presumed to incorporate an assortment of congeners at disparate levels.

While PCBs were marketed under a variety of labels, the Aroclor series was most widely recognized.

Aroclor, a notably recognized PCB blend, saw production roughly between the years 1930 and 1979.

It includes a spectrum of variants, each identified by a numeral suffix indicative of the chlorination degree.

The numerical schema to differentiate between various Aroclors adheres to the following format:

  • The initial pair of digits conventionally represents the number of carbon atoms within the phenyl rings (in the scenario of PCBs, this is consistently 12).
  • The subsequent numerical pair signals the proximate percentage of chlorine by weight in the concoction.
  • For instance, Aroclor 1254 indicates that the formulation comprises approximately 54% chlorine.

What Is A PCB Congener?

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) encompass a group of chemical compounds known as PCB congeners.

Depending on the number and placement of chlorine atoms attached to the biphenyl structure, these congeners are formed.

Each congener possesses a unique combination and arrangement of chlorine atoms, which results in distinctive chemical properties and potential health impacts.

The term “congener” denotes a specific version of a chemical compound within a broader group or family.

Specifically for PCBs, the term “congeners” is used to denote the various forms or kinds of PCB compounds that are present.

Distinct characteristics are associated with each PCB congener, such as its degree of chlorination, stability, environmental persistence, and potential for bioaccumulation.

Certain congeners are more commonly found in the environment due to historical usage patterns, while others might exhibit higher toxicity or persistence.

It’s crucial to recognize that the toxicity and environmental impact can vary significantly among different PCB congeners.

Some congeners have been identified as more detrimental to human health and the environment than others.

The presence of these congeners in PCB mixtures can affect the overall risk and potential effects related to exposure to these chemicals.

PCB Health Risks: Identifying Health Problems Associated with Exposure

The potential health implications linked to PCB exposure have been extensively researched and documented by scientific and governmental entities over many years.

PCBs, due to their propensity to accumulate within the body, pose a particularly significant risk when exposure is chronic, making them especially hazardous.

Potential Health Effects of PCB Exposure:

  • Developmental and Neurological Effects
  • Endocrine Disruption
  • Immune System Dysfunction
  • Reproductive Disorders
  • Carcinogenicity
  • Liver Damage
  • Skin Conditions
  • Respiratory Issues

Why are PCBs Dangerous?

  • Endurance: The environment struggles to break down PCBs, leading to prolonged exposure threats.
  • Accumulation in the Food Web: Through processes such as bioaccumulation, PCBs can find their way into our diets, primarily via fish and seafood, heightening the chances of human ingestion.
  • Harmful Nature: PCBs are detrimental to both humans and animals, affecting various bodily systems and inducing a myriad of health complications.
  • Hormonal Interference: PCBs tamper with endocrine systems, impairing regular hormonal activity and potentially triggering reproductive and developmental anomalies.
  • Potential to Cause Cancer: Certain types of PCBs have been flagged as potential carcinogens in humans, enhancing the likelihood of cancer formation.
  • Impact on Environment: PCBs pose threats to natural habitats and wildlife, instigating ecological disturbances and bioaccumulation in vulnerable species.

Minimizing PCB exposure, adhering to regulations and guidelines, and managing and disposing of materials containing PCBs correctly are essential to safeguard human health and the environment.

If you’ve encountered health issues due to PCB exposure, you might qualify to initiate a PCB lawsuit.

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Health Implications of PCB Exposure: An Analysis of Scientific Research

Health Implications of PCB Exposure An Analysis of Scientific Research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified a correlation between PCB exposure and a host of health issues, including but not limited to cancer.

Chronic interaction with PCBs, or the consumption of tainted food, can potentially lead to multiple health complications.

Here are several scientific research findings that investigate the health consequences linked to PCB exposure:

Are You Eligible to File a Claim for a PCB Exposure Lawsuit?

The presence of potentially carcinogenic chemicals in electrical devices, educational establishments, and aging structures could pose a significant threat to public health.

Should you or a family member have experienced exposure to PCBs, leading to cancer or other health complications, you might qualify to lodge a claim for a PCB Lawsuit.

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Compiling Proof for Claims Related to PCB Exposure

In any personal injury or mass tort litigation, the significance of substantiating evidence cannot be overstated.

In a PCB exposure case, evidence could include the following:

  • Medical records
  • Employment records
  • School records
  • Residential information
  • Any other proof of exposure to PCBs and subsequent health effects

The term “damages” is used to denote the cumulative losses associated with exposure to PCBs, including potential health implications.

Damages in a potential PCB Lawsuit may include:

  • Medical bills
  • Future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional damages
  • Lost quality of life
  • Permanent disability
  • Other compensatory and punitive damages

TruLaw: Investigating Litigation for PCB Exposures

Presently, our legal team is in the process of exploring potential legal actions for individuals affected by PCB exposure.

Should you or a family member have encountered PCBs, leading to subsequent health complications, there exists a possibility for you to lodge a claim under a PCB Lawsuit.

For further details, we encourage you to get in touch with TruLaw.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is There a PCB Lawsuit for PCB Exposures?

    There exists a series of collective and individual legal actions against PCB manufacturers.

    Although no significant or widespread settlement or court action regarding PCB exposure has been observed thus far, our legal team continues to consult with individuals suspecting their health complications are associated with PCB exposure.

    For those who have encountered PCB exposure and subsequently experienced health issues, there may be an opportunity to lodge a claim under a PCB Exposure Lawsuit.

    Contact TruLaw for a free consultation.

  • What is PCB?

    Manufactured from the 1930s until their prohibition in 1979 under the Toxic Substances Control Act, Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are synthetic organic compounds known as chlorinated hydrocarbons.

    Exhibiting toxic characteristics and a proclivity for environmental persistence, PCBs consist of biphenyl molecules with attached chlorine atoms, resulting in varying forms or congeners subject to degrees of chlorination.

    The physical and chemical properties of PCBs, including thermal stability, electrical insulation, and flame retardancy, made them highly sought after for industrial and commercial applications.

    They were predominantly used as coolants and lubricants in electrical apparatuses.

    However, due to their detrimental effects on human health and the environment, regulations were established to limit their usage and oversee their disposal.

  • What Health Effects are Associated with PCB Exposure?

    Health implications have been linked to contact with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) exposure.

    Here are some of the known health effects linked to PCB exposure:

    1. Developmental and Neurological Effects: Exposure to PCBs is associated with neurological and developmental issues in children.
    2. Endocrine Disruption: It is established that PCBs have the potential to meddle with the endocrine system, a vital system that oversees hormone production and operation.
    3. Reproductive Disorders: Research indicates a correlation between PCBs and reproductive health complications in both genders encompassing diminished fertility, compromised sperm health, irregular menstrual cycles, and hormonal imbalances.
    4. Immune System Dysfunction: Exposure to PCBs can detrimentally influence the immune system, resulting in weakened immunity and heightened vulnerability to infections, allergic reactions, and autoimmune disorders.
    5. Carcinogenicity: Classified as potential carcinogens impacting humans, PCBs have been linked to a heightened risk of several types of cancer.
    6. Liver Damage: Continuous exposure can culminate in liver damage, manifesting in inflammation, fibrosis, and compromised liver function.
    7. Skin Conditions: Exposure to PCBs has been correlated with dermatological issues, including chloracne.
    8. Respiratory Issues: Symptoms related to the respiratory system, such as wheezing, coughing, and challenges in breathing, have been linked to exposure to PCBs.

    One should bear in mind that the impact on health due to PCB contamination is not uniform; it fluctuates based on the extent and length of exposure, coupled with the personal vulnerability of the individual.

  • Is PCB Banned in the United States?

    Yes, the United States prohibited the use of PCBs in 1979, with strategies put into place for their safe disposal and replacement with less harmful alternatives.

    Despite this, traces of PCBs can still be detected within older structures, certain goods, and manufacturing procedures among other scenarios.

  • What is the Process for the Extraction and Disposal of PCB?

    The process of eliminating PCB waste necessitates meticulous management to avert additional pollution and potential hazards to health and the environment.

    Here are the general steps involved in PCB removal and disposal:

    • Identifying and evaluating materials containing PCBs.
    • Undertaking removal or decontamination procedures, if viable.
    • Segregating and correctly packaging materials with PCBs.
    • Discarding at authorized facilities adept at managing hazardous waste.
    • Adherence to legal stipulations and rules for the extraction and discarding of PCBs.

  • How Are People Exposed to PCBs?

    Workplace environments or environmental elements, such as fish tainted with PCBs, can facilitate exposure to these harmful chemicals.

    Those who have been exposed to PCBs tend to be the following groups:

    • Direct contact with materials or equipment containing PCBs can expose workers involved in industries such as electrical equipment manufacturing or repair, where these compounds were historically prevalent.
    • Faculty members and students in older educational institutions may face exposure due to PCBs incorporated in antiquated fluorescent lighting fixtures and construction materials.
    • Proximity to industrial or hazardous waste sites, where improper disposal or release of PCBs occurred, can lead to environmental contamination, exposing nearby residents.
    • Consumption of tainted fish, meat, or dairy products can lead to PCB exposure through dietary intake.
    • During pregnancy and breastfeeding, mothers can inadvertently pass on PCBs to their infants, thus leading to early-life exposure.

Written By:
Jessie Paluch
Jessie Paluch

Experienced Attorney & Legal SaaS CEO

With over 25 years of legal experience, Jessie is an Illinois lawyer, a CPA, and a mother of three.  She spent the first decade of her career working as an international tax attorney at Deloitte.

In 2009, Jessie co-founded her own law firm with her husband – which has scaled to over 30 employees since its conception.

In 2016, Jessie founded TruLaw, which allows her to collaborate with attorneys and legal experts across the United States on a daily basis. This hypervaluable network of experts is what enables her to share reliable legal information with her readers!

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