PCBs are not just a problem for communities in the U.S. PCBs were widely used in Europe and the former Soviet Union, and to a lesser extent in the rest of the world. In addition, PCBs have already been dispersed around the world, with an especially serious impact in the Arctic and in certain nations, such as the Philippines, where there was extensive PCB use by the military. In 2001, PCBs and eleven other "persistent organic pollutants" were placed under greater international control by the Stockholm Treaty. International non-governmental organizations played a significant role in bringing about this Treaty.
international organization working on this issue, which in
turn is networked with communities and organizations from the
Arctic to South Africa, is the International POPs Elimination Network
IPEN also has a Dioxins, PCBs and Waste Working Group.