Request for Comments on Proposed Draft Risk-Based Approval to Dispose of PCB Remediation Waste for Utility Solid Waste Activities Group Member Companies
The Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) submitted an application to 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 to PCB Remediation Waste. 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 EPA’s finding, when promulgating 761.61(a) in 1998, that PCB Remediation Waste at < 50 ppm may go to municipal landfills). The approval would give USWAG member companies approval to dispose of < 50 ppm PCB remediation waste in non-TSCA approved disposal facilities without further approval. Each USWAG Member utilizing the approval would submit a notification to EPA as a condition of the approval, and each notice will be posted on EPA’s and the member’s website.
The comment period closed on November 19, 2013.