OK, can you explain to me why this is junk science?
One of my colleagues is the state’s PCBs expert. For years he has been working to raise awareness about PCB-11 in our office supply products. He only works with laboratories that are careful in their use of recycled paper since the yellow dye shows up everywhere. Just a little can contaminate his legal samples. Since the concentration threshold for PCBs that we use to determine if a waterbody is polluted is so low (think a drop in a swimming pool), contamination is a serious issue.
PCBs are nothing to play around with. They are linked to everything from neurological deficits to immunological effects.
I know every day we hear about yet another everyday thing that’s killing us, and we start thinking that it’s all a buncha shit. But there is no “harmless” amount of PCBs. There are some congeners that are more toxic than others, but all of it is pretty bad. These substances can also degrade into more toxic by-products. And they take forever to go away.
In my great state of Virginia, PCBs are responsible for the majority of our fish consumption advisories. And I’m guessing this holds for pretty much everywhere else.
TLDR: Neither the article or the science is junk.