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Abatement Step 3: Handling, Storing, and Disposing of Wastes

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After removal and breakdown of materials within the containment area, all materials to be disposed of should be contained (e.g., wrapped in poly sheeting or placed in a drum) and immediately transported to a designated storage area. Disposal methods are determined based on the regulatory material classification, as previously discussed in Abatement Step 1. All applicable provisions for storing, packaging, transporting, manifesting, recordkeeping and disposing in the PCB regulations must be adhered to.

How Do I Dispose of My PCB-Containing Caulk and Attached Building Materials??

The disposal of PCB-containing caulk and any attached PCB-containing building materials is regulated under 40 CFR 761.62. . (Note: If your abatement plan states that you intend to dispose of the PCB caulk and any contaminated building materials together and the PCB caulk becomes separated from the adjacent contaminated building materials during remediation, you may still dispose of all the materials as a PCB bulk product waste.) Under this provision, the removed caulk and building materials must be disposed of using one of the following four methods for this type of material (PCB Bulk Product Waste):

NOTES: Re-sampling of caulk waste is not necessary for a Performance-based disposal, disposal in a solid waste landfill or disposal as a daily landfill cover or road bed but may be necessary when implementing the Risk-based disposal option. However, sampling methods described in 761.62 were not designed for waste caulk material. Consult your Regional PCB Coordinator for alternative methods if you select this disposal option.

If PCB Caulk has been Removed, How Do I Dispose Remaining PCB-Contaminated Building Materials?

The disposal of masonry, wood, bricks, and other building materials contaminated with PCBs from which PCB caulk has been removed and is disposed of separately from the surrounding building material is regulated under 40 CFR 761.61. There are three options for management of these types of materials (PCB Remediation Wastes):

How Do I Dispose of My Cleanup Debris?

Wastes generated during the cleanup activities previously described in the section, " Leave the Work Area Clean" must also be properly disposed of. Non-liquid cleaning materials and PPE waste at any concentration, including rags, mops, gloves, Tyvec suits, and similar materials resulting from cleanup activities must be disposed of in an appropriate waste facility (state municipal solid waste, state non-municipal non-hazardous waste, federal hazardous waste landfill, or a federally approved PCB disposal facility -- see 761.61(a)(5)(v)). Waste water produced during the job from mopping, wet cleaning, or misting may be regulated for disposal. If you know the concentration of PCBs in waste water, follow the decontamination procedures for water at 40 CFR part 761.61(a)(4)(iv). Otherwise, assume the waste water to be regulated and dispose of the water in a TSCA approved facility (40 CFR part 761.61(b)(1)).

Disposal Facilities

See a listing of TSCA approved disposal facilities.

To find a solid waste disposal facility that will accept PCB-containing caulk, please contact your state environmental agency.

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