Pennsylvania PCB Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania PCB Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) definitions: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 271.1 and 25 Pa. Code 287.1

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PCB: 25 Pa. Code 287.1

PCB-containing waste: 25 Pa. Code 271.1 and 25 Pa. Code 287.1

PCB storage: 25 Pa. Code 299.154(a)

Nonliquid PCB storage: 25 Pa. Code 299.154(b)

Disposal in municipal and residual waste landfills:

Application requirements: 25 Pa. Code 273.414 and 25 Pa. Code 288.191

Disposal requirements: 25 Pa. Code 273.515 and 25 Pa. Code 288.301

Additional landfill requirements: 25 Pa. Code 273.501

Regulatory Agencies

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Waste Management

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

• Rules. The disposal and storage of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Pennsylvania are regulated by both state and federal rules, which are described in the national section PCB MANAGEMENT. In addition to federal requirements, DEP's regulations cover the disposal, storage, and monitoring of PCBs.

• Administration and enforcement. The DEP and EPA Region 3 administer and enforce PCB storage and disposal requirements for PCBs and PCB items in Pennsylvania.

State Requirements



25 Pa. Code 287.1

The DEP defines PCB as a chemical substance that is limited to the biphenyl molecule that has been chlorinated to varying degrees or a substance that contains that substance.

PCB-Containing Waste

25 Pa. Code 271.1 and 25 Pa. Code 287.1

A PCB-containing waste is defined as a solid waste containing PCBs in the following concentrations:

  • More than 4 parts per million (ppm), ...

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