PCBs Found in Kitchen Cabinets

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In a study released in Environmental Science & Technology, Dr. Keri Hornbuckle and trainees Jacob Jahnke and Nick Herkert discovered that kitchen cabinets built within the last five years emit PCBs into the air. The researchers tested sixteen homes with passive air samplers and found PCB- 47, PCB-51, and PCB-68 to account for up to 50% of measured indoor PCBs. They suspect the PCBs are byproducts of sealants used on the cabinets.

The study has garnered extensive coverage. It has been covered by an American Chemical Society press release, Environmental Health News, UPI, US News, and BuzzFeed. In England, it has been covered by the Daily Mail, Times of London, and the Mirror.

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