Technical Guidance for Determining Presence of PCBs at Regulated Concentrations on Vessels to be Reflagged
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EPA has developed a Technical Guidance for Determining the Presence of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) at Regulated Concentrations on Vessels (Ships) to be Reflagged (PDF) (103pp, 854K) to assist ship owners in complying with Maritime Administration (MARAD) procedures for requesting a transfer of a US flagged ship to a foreign registry. MARAD requires such owners to certify prior to reflagging that there are no PCBs in amounts greater than or equal to 50 parts per million (ppm) in shipboard materials, such as paint, electrical cabling, and gaskets, on the vessel.
The comprehensive technical guidance will also help protect human health and the environment by assisting vessel owners in complying with the requirements of the Toxic Substance Control Act and the implementing PCB regulations, which generally prohibit the export of regulated levels of PCBs from the US.
Request for comments
EPA solicited public comments on the entire draft technical guidance document. Full details on EPA’s request for comments (PDF) (3 pp, 16K). The comment period closed on March 31, 2013 and comments were received from seven organizations:
EPA has consolidated the comments and provides further information on key comments in the following document: