Greenpeace Southeast Asia

A new superhero for chemical safety by Chuck Baclagon

Our allies in the EcoWaste Coalition has recently introduced their new champion for chemical safety – The PCB Eliminator!

He is the latest addition to EcoWaste’s own league of green heroes with a special mission of protecting people and ecosystems from harm caused by exposure to these harmful substances.

The ‘PCB Eliminator’ will enlist public and private support for the non-incineration treatment of PCBs in the country that will ensure public and environmental health and safety,” he added.
The new green crusader joins the other heroes of the waste and pollution watchdog, namely “Boy Bayong,” an advocate against single use plastic bags, and “Super WA” (for “Walang Aksaya”) a champion for Zero Waste.

What are PCBs?

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a class of organic compounds with 1 to 10 chlorine atoms attached to biphenyl, which is a molecule composed of two benzene rings. PCB’s were widely used for many applications, especially as dielectric fluids in transformers and capacitors and coolants. Due to PCB’s toxicity and classification as persistent organic pollutants, PCB production was banned by the United States Congress in 1976 and by the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in 2001.

PCBs, which are targeted for elimination in the country years ahead of the Stockholm Convention goal, belong to so-called “dirty dozen” POPs that includes pesticides, industrial chemicals and unintentional byproducts of industrial and combustion processes.

Chuck Baclagon

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Check the shipping fuel and the cement factories. Those are the preferred places for making this waste disappear.

Comment by George de Gooijer

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