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Our hearing this morning is concerned with the health and environmental effects posed by the use and disposal of PCB's - Polychlorinated Biphenyls. Because of the numerous incidents involving PCB spills and the increasing amount of liquid PCB waste accumulating in California, this Committee has a responsibility to examine these effects and insure they do not pose a risk to the public health and environment. At this hearing, we'll examine the long and short term human health hazards caused by the exposure to PCB's. There has been a general concern that these very stable compounds may escape into the environment from accidents and leakages or while in interim storage. The State's appropriate goal is to insure that these substances are destroyed by an acceptable method.

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