Sponsored Seminars

PCBs and Their Impact on Illinois

A Scientific Workshop on a Persistent Pollutant


Cost: There is no cost for this workshop however registration is required.


What: “PCBs and Their Impact on Illinois"

When: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM CT

Where: University of Illinois, Chicago, Student Center East, 750 S Halsted St #100, Chicago, IL 60607

Who: Experts engaged in PCB Management, Policy, and Detection

Who Should Attend: Business people, policy makers, academics, and concerned citizens

For more information: Jim Dexter, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (217) 244-3290

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center will present a scientific workshop on “PCBs and Their Impact on Illinois,” at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Student Center East, in Chicago, Illinois, on September 17, 2014.

The Center notes that PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) “are a class of synthetic chemicals widely used in industry as a coolant and electrical insulator. Their use and production was banned during the 1970s as their properties as persistent organic pollutants became clear. They persist in soil, can enter the food chain and have been implicated in cancer, endocrine disruption, and neurotoxicity.”

To help address this concern, a one-day workshop on PCB management will be held at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) campus on Wednesday, Sept. 17. This workshop brings together expert perspectives representing industry, law, public health, and environmental science, in a public forum on best practices and trends in the management of PCBs. The workshop will cover four specific topics: (1) Background on PCBs and their impact on Illinois; (2) Managing PCBs with the use of landfills; (3) Other means of managing PCBs; (4) PCB clean-up success stories.

Seyfarth's Philip L. Comella will participate as a speaker, discussing the background of PCBs and regulations affecting how they must be managed.

To attend the workshop, visit the registration page.

The Sept. 17 workshop will be held at UIC’s Student Center East facility. Seating is limited. Those unable to attend the workshop in Chicago may attend a simulcast of the workshop at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) on the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana campus (1 Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, 61820). There are plans to also stream the workshop live over the Internet through the assistance of University of Illinois Extension.