WHAT ARE PCBs?
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of very stable chlorinated aromatic hydrocarbons.
Prior to 1980, PCBs were widely used in electrical equipment such as transformers, generators and capacitors, as well as in fluorescent light fittings, electric motors, ceiling fans and dishwashers.
Due to the persistence in the environment of PCBs and the serious health concerns associated with these chemicals, the importation and manufacture of PCBs in Australia has been banned since the 1970s. Phase- out of equipment containing PCBs has been ongoing since this time