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January 11, 2002

Anniston, Alabama: In-Depth: Links of Interest


USEPA on Health Effects of PCBs


ATSDR Exposure Investigation Report
Solutia Incorporated/Monsanto Company
Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama


Chloracne is a rare acne-like skin condition caused by certain toxic chemicals including the dioxins. It develops a few months after swallowing, inhaling or touching the responsible agent.  (Picture of Chloracne)

Chloracne, Goiter, Arthritis, and Anemia after Polychlorinated Biphenyl

Poisoning: 14-Year Follow-Up of the Taiwan Yucheng Cohort

Chloracne was still present in some workers 30 years after the original exposure. (Moses, 1984)


Choccolocco's chemical woes: Contamination in creek remains a threat to fish, wildlife     

Evaluation of Polychlorinated Biphenyl Contamination in the Saginaw River

Using Sediments, Caged Fish and SPMDs    

Duke, T.W., J.I. Lowe and A.J. Wilson, Jr. 1970. Polychlorinated Biphenyl (Aroclor 1254) in the Water, Sediment, and Biota of Escambia Bay, Florida.

Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 5(2):171-180. (ERL,GB 101).

We have detected a polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), Aroclor® 1254, in the biota, sediment, and water of estuarine areas near Pensacola, Florida. Only one source of the chemical, an industrial plant on the Escambia River, has been located.

In this paper we report the occurrence of Aroclor® 1254 in the estuarine environment and discuss its possible effects on some estuarine organisms.

[EWG note- Monsanto’s Pensacola plant on the Escambia River is the plant referred to in this study.  This is where shrimp were found to die rapidly at concentrations of just 5ppb of PCBs in the water back in 1969.]

Patuxent Wildlife Refuge PCBs

This study will determine if PCB residues measured in robust redhorse eggs are adversely affecting the survival of the early-life stages of this species. It will also provide a survey of PCB concentrations throughout the habitat occupied by the species. Regulatory actions to protect water quality may be required for this watershed if reproductive success of this "Species at Risk" is significantly reduced by contaminant exposure to breeding adults.

COMMUNITY OPPOSITION TO PCBs               community opposed to PCB ash in Bloomington, IN

Fox River Watch provides information about the Fox River and Green Bay, WI PCB problem and has extensive resources

Hudson Watch provides information about G.E.’s PCB contamination of the Hudson River

River Keeper also has extensive resources surrounding G.E.’s PCB contamination of the Hudson River


Oak Ridge PCB Storage   

Management of Polychlorinated Biphenyls           

Polychlorinated Biphenyl Spill Site, Soil Removal Action

Marine Corp Base Hawaii, Camp H.M. Smith    

Solutia’s Newport UK plant still produces Biphenyl

BIPHENYL is produced together with polyphenyl by the pyrolysis of benzene.

It is sold as a constituent of heat transfer fluids, and is also used in the manufacture of these chemicals.


Monsanto criminal investigation for dioxin coverup

Oklahoma State PCB links          

The ELEMENTS Network has extensive knowledge and experience from working an various polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination issues since the early 1980’s. Our philosophy is to provide industry with the most cost effective and practical means of resolving any PCB issues.