Deadly Ties The Idea Thanks To Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

Deadly Ties - Where the Idea came from

When I started writing Deadly Ties, the idea for the story came to me when my husband and I were on a drive in central Alberta. We were passing an area where there was an old plant that was run down and obviously abandoned. It appeared that it might have been an old electrical plant. So I started peppering my husband, an electrician, about electrical plants. I soon learned that in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s PCB’s – Polychlorinated Biphenyls were used a lot in the production of ballasts, capacitors, and transformers. They weren’t just used in the electrical industry though, they had a wide variety of uses. In fact, it is suggested they were used in hundreds of industrial and commercial applications.

The Problem with PCB’s

I had heard about PCB’s years ago, along with how unhealthy they were not only for the environment but any living thing. They are extremely resistant to breaking down. They sound darn near indestructible and therefor last for many, many, many, many years. Some people even suggest forever. When I was doing research on PCBs there was a lot of discrepancy as to the degree that they are unhealthy for humans and what they cause. There does seem to be evidence that they cause fertility issues in women. The range of other health issues range from breathing issues, to swelling, to cancer, to deformities. Although again, there is not a consensus to exactly what harm PCBs do to humans, plants, and animals. It is known though that they were a concern enough for governments to shut them down in the 70’s. They knew back in the 50’s how harmful they were but did nothing for another two decades.

When they finally shut down the use of PCB’s, it took another twenty years for them to tell businesses how to dispose of them. So what do you think happened in those twenty years. Many got buried, dumped in waterways. It is shocking and very sad how companies were so frivolous with disposing of them. Many communities are still dealing with the fall out today.

Where are PCB’s Today

I know that the clean up of PCBs is still going on, today. In fact, I recently heard of an old building in the middle of a city that is being torn down and it is full of PBs. I am sure there are many instances of this occurring, ones that you never hear of. PCBs appear to be very present and prevalent today, even though the making and use of them was banned almost 40 years ago. They say that it is even present in the north pole, where it has supposedly never been used. It is truly an awful chemical.

What I do know is that PCBs were a perfect thing to use for the basis of my novel Deadly Ties. In my story, an electrical plant, full of PCBs was buried in the 80’s and then a golf course was built over top of the area. Guess what kind of problems that creates for people living in the area, in current day?

There are of course, those who want to hide what they have done.

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Multi-Award winning author, Maggie Thom. Author of The Caspian Wine Series – Captured Lies (Book of the Month - LAS Reviews and Reader's Favorite Finalist), Deceitful Truths and Split Seconds (Award Winning) – and her other published novels, Tainted Waters (Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine),  Deadly Ties & Fractured Lines (new 2020). Click here to learn more.

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