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Nationwide Risk-Based PCB Remediation Waste Disposal Approvals under 40 CFR § 761.61(c)

Approval to dispose of <50 ppm PCB Remediation Waste issued to USWAG Members

Background:

The Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) Exit EPA submitted an application to EPA on behalf of its member companies for a national risk-based disposal approval under 40 C.F.R. § 761.61(c) requesting authorization for its members to dispose of low-level (less than 50 parts per million (ppm)) PCB Remediation Waste generated at secure utility assets in non- Toxic Substance and Control Act (TSCA) approved disposal facilities.

EPA has determined that PCB Remediation Waste with as-found concentrations of less than 50 ppm of PCBs disposed of in certain non-TSCA approved facilities poses no unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. These approvals give USWAG members approval to dispose of < 50 ppm PCB remediation waste in non-TSCA approved disposal facilities without further approval. Each USWAG Member utilizing the approvals will submit a notification to EPA as a condition of their approval and each notice will be posted on this website and the member’s website.

Public Comment Period for New USWAG Members – February 16 to March 16, 2016

USWAG submitted to the EPA an updated list of members that includes five new members. The EPA is publishing a draft approval containing the same terms as the approvals issued in 2014, with an appendix that includes the new members, to allow the public to comment. The comment period will be open for 30 days, from February 16 to March 16, 2016.

The new members are:

The EPA issued a draft approval on February 16, 2016 and is accepting public comments on the draft approval through March 16, 2016. The draft approval is linked below.

Draft Risk-Based Approvals to New USWAG Member Companies (PDF) (13 pp, 482 Kb, about PDFs )

Written comments on the U.S. EPA Proposed Approval will be accepted until March 16, 2016. Send written comments or questions to ORCRPCBs@epa.gov. Or by mail to:

Karen Swetland, Environmental Engineer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, MC: 5303P
Washington, DC 20460

 


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