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Phasing out PCBs for a better world

  • Mohamad Mova Al’Afghani and Dyah Paramita

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Mon, February 22 2021   /  01:00 am
The Cileungsi river in Bogor has two problems: overflowing water during rainy season and also industrial waste pollution(Courtesy of Fanny Kusuwardhani/Fanny Kusuwardhani)

The Environment and Forestry Ministry recently enacted a new regulation on the management of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). This measure sets a 2022 deadline for industries to conduct inventories of PCBs in their possession and a 2028 deadline for the total elimination of PCBs in the country. PCBs are a group of chemical substances that are resistant to extreme temperatures. They can be found in electrical equipment, such as in the dielectric oils of transformers, capacitors and fluorescent light ballast. They are also used in products such as adhesives, ink, flame retardants and others. PCBs are known to adversely impact human health and the environment. They contribute to disorders of the immune, nervous and endocrine systems in humans and animals. Due to their hazardous properties, PCBs are one of the persistent organic pollutants regulated under the Stockholm Convention, whi...