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Study Shows PCB Reduces Fertility


KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo has lived with PCB’s for decades.  A byproduct of the Paper industry, it contaminates our rivers and streams, even as projects are underway to remove it.

The new study just released this week by the National Institutes of Health shows the results of tests on 501 people trying to conceive in Michigan and Texas, and it shows its 20% less likely with PCB’s in your system. 

Lead author, Germaine Buck Louis says there are things you can do to avoid exposure, and that’s avoiding the part of the food animal where the PCB’s tend to accumulate in the fat.  

She says they don’t know why it reduces fertility, but in future research they will be looking for ways to reverse the effect, if there are any  There is currently a dumpsite off Alcott St. on Kalamazoo’s Southside that is filled with PCB’s and the city is locked in a struggle with the EPA over how to safely address it.