Minnesota PCB Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Minnesota PCB Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) management: Minnesota Statutes Annotated (MSA) 116.07 and Minnesota Rules (MR) 7045.0135, Subpart 5

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Overview: MSA 116.07, Subdivision 2b and MR 7045.0135, Subpart 5

Definitions: MR 7045.0135, Subpart 5A

Generators: MSA 116.07, Subdivision 2b(b), MR 7045.0135, Subpart 5C, and MR 7046.0050, Subpart 2a

PCB ballasts and small capacitors: MR 7045.0135, Subpart 5D

Thermal treatment: MR 7045.0135, Subpart 5E

Regulatory Agencies

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Industrial Division Land and Air Compliance Section Hazardous Waste Compliance Unit

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Minnesota has adopted the federal Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) regulations for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and has added specific state requirements for generators, PCB ballasts and small capacitors, and thermal treatment.

Administration and enforcement. EPA's Region 5 office administers and enforces the federal PCB disposal and storage regulations under TSCA, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA) Industrial Division administers and enforces the state's additional PCB requirements.

State Requirements


MSA 116.07, Subdivision 2b and MR 7045.0135, Subpart 5

Minnesota regulates PCBs at a concentration of 50 parts per million (ppm) or greater as hazardous waste in connection with disposal, licensing, and fees (MSA 116.07 Subdivision 2b(a)). The state considers PCB materials and PCB items as hazardous waste when they are discarded or stored before being discarded (MR 7046.0135, ...

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