Virginia PCB Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia PCB Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB): 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 20-81-10

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Special wastes: 9 VAC 20-81-630

Regulatory Agencies

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Land Protection and Revitalization

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. Virginia's rules for solid waste containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) with concentrations of 50 parts per million (ppm) or more are the same as the federal regulations under 40 CFR 761, including waste screening to detect and prevent the disposal of PCB and other hazardous wastes at municipal solid waste landfills under 40 CFR 258.20. In addition, wastes may not be stored or disposed of in Virginia without specific approval from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). For more information, see the national section PCB MANAGEMENT.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ and EPA Region 3 jointly administer and enforce the state's rules for disposal and storage of PCBs and PCB items.

State Requirements


9 VAC 20-81-630

Solid wastes containing PCB concentrations between 1 ppm and 50 ppm are restricted to disposal in sanitary landfills with leachate collection, liners, and appropriate groundwater monitoring. PCB bulk product wastes with concentrations above 50 ppm may be approved for disposal by DEQ on a case-by-case basis. For more information concerning special wastes, see the state section SOLID WASTE.

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