The identification and remediation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in schools is an important and urgent initiative currently active in the state of Vermont. For general questions or to review resources for students, parents, and public, the state of Vermont recommends starting with its Frequently Asked Questions.
PCBs are a group of human-made chemicals commonly used in building materials and electrical equipment before 1980. PCBs can be released into indoor air from building materials that contain PCBs. PCBs can cause serious health problems. The potential for health effects from PCBs, as with other chemicals, depends on how much, how often, and how long someone is exposed to them.