Frequent Questions

5. How does polychlorinated biphenyls get into my drinking water?

The major sources of polychlorinated biphenyls in drinking water are runoff from landfills; and discharge of waste chemicals.

A federal law called the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) requires facilities in certain industries, which manufacture, process, or use significant amounts of toxic chemicals, to report annually on their releases of these chemicals. For more information on the uses and releases of chemicals in your state, contact the Community Right-to-Know Hotline: (800) 424-9346.

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