Frequent Questions

How does EPA control polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)?

EPA banned the manufacture of PCBs and regulates their use, processing, distribution in commerce, and disposal. The Agency has a "cradle-to-grave" tracking system for PCB wastes that includes a manifest form, a notification of PCB waste activity form, and an identification number for generators, commercial storers, transporters, or disposers of the wastes. In addition, commercial storers of PCB waste must have EPA's approval to operate. In 1998, the Agency promulgated a final rule that gives companies more flexibility in handling PCB wastes while continuing to provide protection from unreasonable risk of injury to human health or the environment.

Further information can be found at http://www.epa.gov/pcb/

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