PCBs in Pigments – Green Chemistry Webinar

Advancing the design of PCB free pigments is a goal for the green chemistry community to help transition from research to development to market. Join this webinar to learn about the issues related to the inadvertent production of PCBs in pigments. This Webinar is hosted by the Washington State Department of Ecology and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable.

Webinar Title: Advancing Green Chemistry: PCBs in Pigments

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2013, noon eastern

Presenters: Dr. Lisa Rodenburg, Rutgers University
Adriane Borgias, Washington State Department of Ecology Dr. Robert Christie, Heriot-Watt University, Galashields, Scotland

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3838278894993253632

Description: The purpose of this session is to provide historical and regulatory context to the issue, describe the changes, challenges, and solutions needed for effective source control of PCB. The goal is to provide insight into the design of PCB free pigments that meet green chemistry principles, and to outline a transition path from research to development to market: the mechanisms, barriers, and implementation.The challenge of reducing Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) at the source is a national, even global issue as PCBs are globally transported, do not easily degrade, and bioaccumulate in the food chain. PCBs are ubiquitous in the environment, not only as the result of legacy uses of Aroclors but, significantly, from residual PCBs that are still being legally produced as “inadvertent contaminants” in industrial processes. A specific example is PCBs in pigments used in inks, dyes, and other products.

Background information: http://scienceblogs.com/thepumphandle/2013/03/27/are-manufacturing-by-product-pcbs-an-occupational-health-hazard

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