Nationwide Risk-Based Approvals to Dispose of PCB Remediation Waste under 40 CFR 761.61(c)
Approval to dispose of < 50 ppm PCB Remediation Waste issued to Utilities Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) Members
The Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) submitted an application to the EPA on behalf of its member companies for a national risk-based disposal approval under 40 C.F.R. § 761.61(c) requesting authorization for its members to dispose of low-level (less than 50 parts per million (ppm)) PCB Remediation Waste generated at secure utility assets in non- Toxic Substance and Control Act (TSCA) approved disposal facilities.
PCBs are regulated under TSCA and the PCB regulations provide certain disposal options for PCB Remediation Waste. The EPA has determined that PCB Remediation Waste with as-found concentrations of less than 50 ppm of PCBs disposed of in certain non-TSCA approved facilities poses no unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment (this determination rests on the EPAís finding, when promulgating 761.61(a) in 1998, that PCB Remediation Waste at < 50 ppm may go to certain non-TSCA approved facilities). These approvals give USWAG members approval to dispose of < 50 ppm PCB remediation waste in non-TSCA approved disposal facilities without further approval. Each USWAG Member utilizing the approvals will submit a notification to EPA as a condition of their approval and each notice will be posted on the EPAís and the memberís website.
The EPA issued a draft approval on September 25, 2013 and accepted public comments on the draft approval through November 19, 2013. Below are the draft approval, the EPA's response to public comments, and these final approvals:
Response to Comments document (PDF) (11 pp, 166 Kb)
Draft Risk-Based USWAG Approval Issued for Public Comment (PDF) (15 pp, 1.03 Mb)
Disposal notifications and quarterly membership updates related to the USWAG approvals may be found at this site.