Metal works under spotlight over PCBs and dioxins

A survey of soils and vegetation around smelters and scrap yards has found that many contain unusually high concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Meanwhile, investigations by HM Inspectorate of Pollution (HMIP) at two Derbyshire foundries are suggesting that both may be emitting dioxins. The findings look set to open a new front in the debate about the sources and significance of PCB and dioxin releases to the environment.

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