California PCB Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

California PCB Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) wastes: California Health & Safety Code 25122.7, 22 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 66261.24

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Transporters: 22 CCR 66263.44

Treatment standards: 22 CCR 66268.45

Solid waste landfills: 27 CCR 20870

Fluorescent light ballasts: 22 CCR 67426.1 to 67428.1

Generator requirements: 22 CCR 67426.1

Transporter requirements: 22 CCR 67428.1

Regulatory Agencies

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. In California, PCBs are regulated by both state and federal rules under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). TSCA prohibited further manufacture of PCBs in the United States because they are classified by EPA as persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic compounds. PCB sites may also be subject to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) if there is a known release to soil or groundwater or a potential threat for a release of PCBs to the environment. See the national section PCB MANAGEMENT for a discussion of the federal rules.

Administration and enforcement. EPA enforces the federal regulations for PCB disposal and storage in California, and DTSC administers and enforces the state's additional requirements for PCB hazardous waste. DTSC also regulates closure requirements for PCB contaminated material under CERCLA. All submittals to DTSC regarding PCB contamination remediation must also be ...

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