Governing Law and Regulations
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of Remediation and Materials Management Division of Solid and Hazardous Materials
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The DEC regulates polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and PCB items as hazardous waste. These regulations are in addition to the federal regulations for storage, labeling, disposal, and transformer decommissioning.
New York has adopted the federal listed hazardous waste regulations and includes additional state-listed hazardous wastes. Listed hazardous wastes include certain concentrations of PCBs. See the state section LISTED WASTES for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. The EPA enforces the federal rules for PCB disposal and storage in New York. The DEC administers and enforces the state's requirements for managing PCBs and PCB items as hazardous waste.
6 NYCRR 371.4(e)(1) and 6 NYCRR 371.4(e)(3)
PCB. A "PCB" is defined by the DEC as any chemical substance that is limited to the biphenyl molecule that has been chlorinated to varying degrees.
PCB article. A "PCB article" is defined as any manufactured PCB article (other than a PCB container) that ...