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EPA Seeks Settlement in Decade-Old Spokane River PCB Fight (1)

Dec. 1, 2021, 5:17 PMUpdated: Dec. 1, 2021, 5:35 PM

The EPA has about three years to place limits on polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in the Spokane River in Washington state, according to a proposed consent decree published in Wednesday’s Federal Register.

The decree is the culmination of a decade-long legal battle between environmental and tribal groups and the Environmental Protection Agency to control PCBs in the Spokane River, Little Spokane River and Lake Spokane in western Washington.

PCBs, which were mostly banned in 1979 under the Toxic Substances Control Act, were used in paints, rubber, pigments, motor oil, copy paper, electrical insulators and other industrial applications.

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