Washington PCB Management regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Washington PCB Management: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs): Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), 15 USC 2605 and regulations at 40 CFR 761

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Dangerous waste regulations: WAC 173-303-010 to 173-303-9906

Applicability: WAC 173-303-9904

Dangerous waste threshold: WAC 173-303-070

PCB exclusion: WAC 173-303-071(3)(k)

Transporters: WAC 173-303-240 to 173-303-270

Municipal solid waste landfills (MSWLFs): WAC 173-351-200

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10

Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction Program

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. In Washington, PCB wastes are regulated by both the state's dangerous waste (DW) regulations and by EPA. The DW regulations regulate only the management of waste materials, while the federal rules are much broader and also regulate the manufacturing, processing, distribution and use of PCBs. The requirements of both rules must be met for any PCB waste. The DW regulations typically exclude from regulation any waste regulated under 40 CFR 761. For a summary of the state's DW rules, see the state section GENERATORS. Also, see the national section PCB MANAGEMENT for EPA PCB requirements.

In addition, landfill owners or operators must implement a program at the facility for detecting and preventing the disposal of regulated DW, including PCB waste, as defined in the state's dangerous waste regulations.

Administration and enforcement. EPA administers and enforces the regulations for PCB management in Washington. WDOE administers and enforces the dangerous waste regulations, as well as ...

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