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PCBs in State Purchased Products, Fabrics 2017

Publication number Date Published
23-03-001January 2023
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Author(s) Trumbull, K.
Description In 2017, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) conducted a study to assess PCBs in products available from state contracts. Washington State law [RCW 39.26.280 and RCW 39.26.290] requires state agencies to limit the purchase of products and packaging containing PCBs. The state Department of Enterprise Services (DES) leads the implementation of the law. This Ecology study was carried out to assist state agencies in identifying where PCBs may be present in a subgroup of state purchased products from state contracts.

This study examined whether PCBs were present in some fabrics used by Washington State Correctional Industries, a division of the state Department of Corrections. In 2017, Ecology collected 25 swatches of fabric material in use by Correctional Industries. These fabric samples were analyzed for PCBs. The types of fabric consisted of a variety of material with natural fibers, synthetic fibers, or blends of both natural and synthetic fibers, in a wide assortment of colors.

All 25 fabric samples from Correctional Industries had detectable levels of total PCBs (tPCBs). The tPCB concentrations ranged from 0.024 J, as an estimate, to 79.7 part per billion (ppb) in the fabric samples in a variety of fabric types and colors. Nine of the 25 samples had tPCB levels below 1 ppb, 10 samples had levels ranging from 1 to 10 ppb, and six samples had levels ranging from 10 to 100 ppb.
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Keywords consumer products, product testing, toxics, chemical, PCBs
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Addendum 1 to Quality Assurance Project Plan: Product Testing Version 1.0 — PCBs in State Purchased Products 2017

Addendum to Quality Assurance Project Plan: Product Testing Program, Version 1.0 — PCBs in State Purchased Products 2017