08 Apr '11, 3pm

Book Review: Biocidal: Confronting the Poisonous Legacy of PCBs: An informative, but shallowly reported overview...

Book Review: Biocidal: Confronting the Poisonous Legacy of PCBs: An informative, but shallowly reported overview...

Biocidal: Confronting the Poisonous Legacy of PCBs , by Ted Dracos, is a briskly written and worthwhile account of the history of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, the "magic fluid" cooked up by shoestring entrepreneurs and then spread the world over by industry and pollution. PCBs were so useful to manufacturing that they were used in a wide variety of products, but the health effects of exposure led the U.S. government to ban their use starting in the 1970s. I was compelled to read the book primarily because I've written about PCB contamination in the Hudson River, where General Electric Co. dumped its waste (plausibly claiming it was legal, though there are counter-arguments) for 30 years, and where one of the largest toxic waste cleanups the nation has ever seen is now underway.

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