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Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Transfer

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EPA has transferred the management of the PCB cleanup and disposal program to the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) from its current location in the Office of Prevention Pesticides and Toxic Substances, OPPTS (Note: OPPTS renamed Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, OCSPP, effective April 22, 2010). The transfer is effective as of October 9, 2007.

Why did EPA make this transfer?

EPA transferred the management of the PCB cleanup and disposal program to OSWER, effective as of October 9, 2007.  OSWER is the office within EPA that manages most cleanup and disposal activities.  The transfer will group together similar activities in one office.  This will:

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What is OSWER’s role at EPA?

OSWER provides policy, guidance and direction for: 

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How did the transfer to OSWER happen?

EPA published a procedural rule to move the management of the PCB cleanup program. The procedural rule had an effective date of October 9, 2007. In addition, please note:  

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What PCB activities will remain in OPPTS (renamed Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, OCSPP, effective April 22, 2010)?

OPPT will continue to manage the current authorized uses of PCBs.

OPPTS (renamed Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, OCSPP, effective April 22, 2010) has worked closely with OSWER and EPA’s regional offices to ensure a smooth transfer of the PCB program’s regulatory history and current projects.   Updates and information will be posted as they become available.

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Who can I contact for more information?

OPPTS (renamed Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, OCSPP, effective April 22, 2010) Contact: Sara McGurk (mcgurk.sara@epa.gov) -  202-566-0480 
OSWER Contact: David Hockey (hockey.david@epa.gov) - 703-308-8846

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