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Statute : Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) became law on October 11, 1976. The Act authorized EPA to secure information on all new and existing chemical substances, as well as to control any of the substances that were determined to cause unreasonable risk to public health or the environment. The current PCB regulations were published pursuant to this act. View PCB regulations as of July 1, 2007.Exit Disclaimer For more information about TSCA, see the Office of Waste Enforcement page, or view the act at Toxic Substances Control Act (15 U.S.C. 2605) Exit Disclaimer- Paragraph (e) relates to PCBs.


PCB Regulations: 40 CFR 761

Current PCB regulations can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 40 CFR 761. The CFR is updated as of July 1 each year. The Government Printing Office maintains the most current version of the CFR. View PCB regulations as of July 1, 2007 Exit Disclaimer. See also the Interpretive Guidance page for useful interpretations of the regulations as well as answers to frequently asked questions.


Additional Information

In addition, the Government Printing Office maintains a searchable database of all Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) publications and Federal Register (FR) Notices.

Program Transfer

Effective October 1, 2007, management of the TSCA PCB cleanup and disposal program shifted to EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER). Read more information about the transfer.

Detailed List of PCB Federal Register Notices (As of June 16, 2010)
EPA publishes information about the PCB program through the Federal Register. The Federal Register Notices listed below include PCB-related rules (proposed and final), notices of public meetings, responses to official comments, etc. This is not a comprehensive list of current regulations. For regulations concerning PCBs, please view PCB regulations as of July 1, 2007 Exit Disclaimer. A searchable listing of EPA's Register Notices can be found on the Federal Digital System webpage.

Date Type Title Citation
6/16/2010 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs); Reassessment of Use Authorizations; Extension of Comment Period and Additional Public Meetings 75 FR 34076 (PDF) (2 pp, 55K, About PDF)
4/7/2010 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs); Reassessment of PCB Use Authorizations 75 FR 17645 (PDF)(23 pp, 152.59K)
1/29/2010 Withdrawal of Proposed Rule EPA Withdraws Proposed Rule for an Import Exemption for Veolia ES Technical Solutions, L.L.C. 75 FR 4759
10/9/2007 Procedural Rule Transfer of Polychlorinated Biphenyl Cleanup and Disposal Program from the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances (OPPTS) (OPPTS renamed Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, OCSPP, effective April 22, 2010) to the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) 72 FR 57235 (PDF) (7 pp, 74K)
9/18/2007 Final Rule Polychlorinated Biphenyls; Manufacturing (Import) Exemption 72 FR 53152 (PDF) (7 pp, 79K)
5/25/2007 Notice of Application to Renew, Data Availability, and Modification of Existing Approval Army Chemical Agent Rocket Incinerator Approval to Dispose of Polychlorinated Biphenyls under the Toxic Substances Control Act 72 FR 29317(PDF) (3 pp, 59K)
4/30/2007 Proposed Rule Polychlorinated Biphenyls; Manufacturing (Import) Exemption 72 FR 21190(PDF) (8 pp, 82K)
4/4/2006 Notice of Availibility Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) Site Revitalization Guidance Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) 71 FR 16703 (PDF) (2 pp, 49K)
6/30/2005 Notice of Public Meeting Polychlorinated Biphenyls 70 FR 37837 (PDF) (3 pp, 60K)
9/7/2004 Availability of Supplemental Response to Comments Document Storage of PCB Articles for Reuse 69 FR 54025 (PDF) (3 pp, 59K)
6/20/2003 Final Rule Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) - Use of Porous Surfaces, Amendment in Response to Court Decision 68 FR 36927(PDF) (3 pp, 43K)
1/31/2003 Final Rule Polychlorinated Biphenyls; Manufacturing (Import) Exemptions 68 FR 4934
9/17/2002 Proposed Rule Polychlorinated Biphenyls; Manufacturing (Import) Exemptions 67 FR 58567 (PDF) (12 pp, 211K)
4/2/2001 Final Rule Reclassification of PCB and PCB-Contaminated Electrical Equipment 66 FR 17602
3/30/2001 Final Rule Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs); Return of PCB Waste From US Territories Outside the Customs Territory of the United States 66 FR 17468
11/1/2000 Proposed Rule Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs); Return of PCB Waste From US Territories Outside the Customs Territory of the United States 65 FR 65654 (PDF) (3 pp, 128K)
4/6/2000 Proposed Rule Use Authorization for and Distribution in Commerce of Non-Liquid Polychlorinated Biphenyls; Notice of Availability; Partial Reopening of the Comment Period; Extension of Comment Period 65 FR 18018 (PDF) (3 pp, 128K)
12/10/1999 Proposed Rule Use Authorization for and Distribution in Commerce of Non-Liquid Polychlorinated Biphenyls; Notice of Availability; Partial Reopening of the Comment Period 64 FR 69358 (PDF) (7 pp, 144K)
6/24/1999 Final Rule Technical and Procedural Amendments to TSCA Regulations - Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) 64 FR 33755
6/29/1998 Final Rule Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) 63 FR 35384
3/18/1996 Final Rule Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls; Import for Disposal 61 FR 11095
2/9/1995 Notice of Informal Hearing PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing and Distribution in Commerce Exemptions 60 FR 7742 (PDF) (2 pp, 20K)
12/6/1994 Proposed Rule Disposal of PCBs (Mega Amendments) 59 FR 62788
12/6/1994   PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing and Distribution in Commerce; Proposed Decision on Exemption Petitions 59 FR 62875
4/11/1994 Exemptions from Prohibition PCBs 59 FR 16991
11/18/1993 Proposed Rule Reclassification of PCB and PCB-Contaminated Transformers 58 FR 60970
11/9/1993   Criteria for Granting Approval for Commercial Storage of PCBs for Disposal 58 FR 59372
6/8/1993   Use of Waste Oil 58 FR 32061
1/26/1993 Proposed Rule Storage for Disposal of PCBs 58 FR 6184
4/16/1992   Revision of Test Methods Incorporated by Reference 57 FR 13322
3/2/1992 Proposed Rule PCB Exemptions and Use Authorizations 57 FR 7349
9/10/1991   Receipt of Applications to Dispose of PCBs 56 FR 46180
6/10/1991   Receipt of Application to Operate PCB Storage Facility 56 FR 26673
6/10/1991 ANPR Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Disposal of PCBs 56 FR 26738
6/10/1991 Availability of Draft Guidance Documents Availability of Draft Guidance on Disposal of PCBs 56 FR 26745
4/2/1991 Availability of Draft Guidance Documents PCBs in Natural Gas Pipelines 56 FR 13473
3/4/1991   Availability and Review of PCB State Enhancement Grant Program 56 FR 9008
3/1/1991   Agency Information Collection Activities under OMB Review 56 FR 8759
2/13/1991   Agency Information Collection Activities under OMB Review; PCB Exemptions - Annual Submission Requirements 56 FR 5824
12/27/1990 Notice Agency Information Collection Activities under OMB Review 55 FR 53187
11/26/1990 Final Rule PCBs in Electrical Transformers 55 FR 49043
11/7/1990 Final Rule Partial Rescission of Exemption Rule 55 FR 46790
11/7/1990 Proposed Rule Disposal Approval 55 FR 46790
11/2/1990   Criteria and Procedures for Terminating Storage 55 FR 46470
10/31/1990 Corrections PCBs in Electrical Transformers 55 FR 45804
9/24/1990   PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce Technical Amendment 55 FR 38998
9/13/1990 Final Rule Stay of Interpretation  
8/31/1990   Receipt of application for Approval to Dispose of PCBs 55 FR 35720
6/27/1990 Correction Notification and Manifesting for PCB Waste Activities 55 FR 26204
6/6/1990   Receipt of Application for Approval to Dispose of PCBs 55 FR 23134
5/22/1990 Final Rule PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce Exemption 55 FR 21023
4/13/1990   Availability of PCB Penalty Policy 55 FR 13955
4/6/1990 Clarification PCB; Wet Weight/Dry Weight 55 FR 12866
1/8/1990 Correction Notification and Manifesting for PCB Waste Activities 55 FR 695
12/21/1989 Final Rule Notification and Manifesting for PCB Waste Activities 54 FR 52716
9/12/1989 Reopening of Comment Period PCB Exemptions 54 FR 37698
7/6/1989 Correction PCB in Electrical Transformers 54 FR 28418
5/19/1989 Final Rule Procedures for Rulemaking under Section 6 of TSCA 54 FR 21622
11/9/1988 Extension of Comment Period Notification and Manifesting for PCB Waste Activities 53 FR 45288
10/28/1988   Receipt of application for Approval to Dispose of PCBs 53 FR 43767
10/19/1988 Amendment and Clarifications PCB Spill Cleanup Policy 53 FR 40882
9/26/1988 Proposed Rule Notification and Manifesting for PCB Waste Activities 53 FR 37436
9/1/1988 Correction PCBs in Electrical Transformers 53 FR 33897
8/24/1988 Correction PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing and Distribution in Commerce Exemptions 53 FR 32326
8/2/1988   PCB Exclusions, Exemptions and Use Authorizations; Correction 53 FR 29114
7/19/1988 Final Rule PCBs in Electrical Transformers 53 FR 27322
7/1/1988 Correction PCB and Chemical Fate Test Guidelines 53 FR 25049
6/27/1988 Final Rule Exclusion, Exemptions and Use Authorizations 53 FR 24206
6/9/1988 Final Rule PCB and Chemical Fate Testing Guidelines; Incorporation by Reference Update 53 FR 21641
5/25/1988   Receipt of Application for Approval to Dispose of PCBs 53 FR 18900
5/18/1988 Notice of Receipt of Application Receipt of Application for Approval to Dispose of PCBs 53 FR 11761
4/5/1988 Proposed Revisions of Incorporation by Reference PCB and Chemical Fate Testing Guidelines 53 FR 11104
3/31/1988   PCB and Chemical Fate Testing Guidelines, Reapproved Test Methods 53 FR 10390
9/18/1987 Corrections PCBs in Electrical Transformers 52 FR 35350
9/4/1987 Corrections PCBs; Exclusions, Exemptions and Use Authorizations 52 FR 33680
8/21/1987 Proposed Rule PCBs in Electrical Transformers 52 FR 31738
7/8/1987 Proposed Rule PCBs; Exclusions, Exemptions and Use Authorizations 52 FR 25838
7/2/1987 Denial of Citizens' Petition PCBs 52 FR 25068
6/19/1987 Corrections PCB Spill Cleanup Policy 52 FR 23397
4/2/1987 Final Rule PCB Spill Cleanup Policy 52 FR 10688
1/9/1987 Response to Citizens' Petition PCBs 52 FR 862
12/8/1986   Clarification of the Use of Electrical Transformers 59 FR 47241
8/8/1986 Final Rule Response to Exemption Petitions 51 FR 28556
8/29/1985 Denial of Exemption Petition Response to Exemptions Petitions; Proposed Rule and Response to Ward Transfer Co. Petition for Exemption 50 FR 35182
7/17/1985 Final Rule PCBs in Electrical Transformers 50 FR 29170
4/4/1985 Proposed Incorporation by Reference Revision PCBs 50 FR 13393
2/8/1985 Extension of Comment Period PCBs; Use in Electrical Transformers 50 FR 5401
11/28/1984 Correction PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Prohibitions; Use in Electrical Transformers 49 FR 46770
11/8/1984   Modification of Definition of Totally Enclosed Manner for PCB Activities 49 FR 44634
10/11/1984 Proposed Rule PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Prohibitions; Use in Electrical Transformers 49 FR 39966
9/19/1984 Incorporation by Reference PCBs 49 FR 36648
8/20/1984 Correction PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Prohibitions, Exclusions, Exemptions and Use Authorizations 49 FR 33019
7/23/1984 Proposed Rule PCBs, Modification of Definition of Totally Enclosed Manner for PCB Activities 49 FR 29625
7/18/1984 Technical Amendment PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Prohibitions 49 FR 29066
7/18/1984 Editorial Amendment of Definition Correction PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Prohibitions 49 FR 29066
7/10/1984   PCBs; Final Rules and Notice of Request for Additional Comments on Certain Individuals and Class Petitions for Exemption 49 FR 28154
7/10/1984 Exclusions and Authorizations PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Prohibitions 49 FR 28172
7/10/1984   PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Prohibitions; Use in Microscopy and Research and Development 49 FR 28193
7/10/1984   PCBs; Request for Additional Comments on Certain Individual Class Petitions for Exemptions 49 FR 28203
6/20/1984 Editorial Amendment of Definition PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Prohibitions 49 FR 25239
6/1/1984 Proposed Incorporation by Reference Revision PCBs 49 FR 22836
3/22/1984 ANPR PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Prohibitions; Use in Electrical Transformers 49 FR 11070
3/19/1984   PCBs; Withdrawal of Proposed Rule Prohibitions at Agricultural Chemical Facilities 49 FR 10133
1/13/1984 Denial of Citizens' Petition PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Prohibitions 49 FR 1697
12/8/1983 Proposed Rule PCBs, Exclusions, Exemptions and Use Authorizations 48 FR 55076
11/23/1983 Correction PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce Exemptions 48 FR 52953
11/17/1983   PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Prohibitions; Use in Microscopy and Research and Development 48 FR 52402
11/17/1983   TSCA Statement of Policy for Compliance and Enforcement of PCB Storage for Disposal Regulations 48 FR 52304
11/1/1983   PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce Exemptions 48 FR 50486
5/10/1983 Notice of Availability and Summary Report Availability of Report; Monitoring Results and Environmental Impact on the Gulf of Mexico Incineration of PCBs under Research Permit H81-002; 4/83 48 FR 20984
4/20/1983 Denial of Citizens' Petition; Rule Related Notice PCBs; Manufacturing Processing, Distribution in Commerce, and Use Prohibitions 48 FR 16884
4/7/1983   PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Prohibitions; Incorporation by Reference Revisions; Correction; Final Rule; Correction (corrects "batch testing" procedures of FR 2/8/83) 48 FR 15125
3/30/1983 Procedural Rule Amendment and Statement of Policy PCBs; Procedural Amendment of the Approval Authority for PCB Disposal Facilities and Guidance for Obtaining Approval 48 FR 13181
2/18/1983 Statement of Policy PCB Use in Electrical Equipment 48 FR 7172
2/8/1983 Final Rule PCB Incorporation by Reference Revisions 48 FR 5729
2/1/1983 Correction PCB Manufacture, Processing, Distribution and Use in Closed and Controlled Waste Manufacturing Processes 48 FR 4467
1/3/1983 Final Rule Use Authorization for PCB Railroad Transformers 48 FR 124
12/28/1982 Correction NIOSH/OSHA: Field Research Projects 47 FR 57774
12/28/1982 Correction PCB Use in Electrical Equipment 47 FR 54436
12/28/1982   Pulp, Paper and Paperboards Point Source Category Effluent Limitations Guidelines and New Source Performance Standards; Proposed Regulation (Clean Water Act) 47 FR 52066
12/28/1982 Proposed Rule Ocean Dumping; Proposed Designation of At-Sea Incineration Site 47 FR 51769
12/28/1982 Final Rule PCB Manufacture, Processing, Distribution and Use in Closed and Controlled Waste Manufacturing Processes 47 FR 46980
12/28/1982 Denial of Citizens' Petition PCB Regulation of MCBs and DCBs 47 FR 46723
12/28/1982 Final Rule PCB Use in Electrical Equipment 47 FR 37342
12/28/1982 Denial of Citizens' Petition PCB Regulations of MCBs 47 FR 37258
7/13/1982 Extension of Comment Period PCB Incorporation by Reference Revisions 47 FR 30270
7/13/1982   Notice of Availability of Guidelines for the Analysis of PCBs 47 FR 30082
7/13/1982 Notice of Informal Hearing PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use in Closed and Controlled Waste Manufacturing Process 47 FR 30082
7/13/1982 Proposed Rule PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use in Closed and Controlled Waste Manufacturing Process 47 FR 24976
7/13/1982 Final Rule PCB Incorporation by Reference Update 47 FR 22098
7/13/1982 Proposed Rule PCB Incorporation by Reference Revisions 47 FR 22123
7/13/1982 Final Rule PCB Recodification 47 FR 19526
7/13/1982 Proposed Rule PCB Use in Electrical Equipment 47 FR 17426
7/13/1982 Denial of Citizens' Petition PCB Disposal and Research and Development Activities 47 FR 2379
11/18/1981 Proposed Rule Use Authorization for PCB Railroad Transformers 46 FR 56626
5/20/1981 Clarification of Interim Measures Program PCB Use in Electrical Equipment 46 FR 27614
5/20/1981 Court Order PCBs at Concentrations Below 50 ppm 46 FR 27615
5/20/1981 ANPR PCBs at Concentrations Below 50 ppm; Possible Exclusion from Manfacturing Ban 46 FR 27617
5/20/1981 ANPR PCBs at Concentrations Below 50 ppm 46 FR 27619
5/6/1981 Abeyance of Proposed Rule Restrictions on Use of PCBs at Agricultural Pesticide and Fertilizer Facilities 46 FR 25418
3/10/1981 Court Order PCB Use in Electrical Equipment 46 FR 16090
3/10/1981 ANPR PCB Use in Electrical Equipment 46 FR 16095
12/23/1980 Extension of Comment Period Restrictions on Use of PCBs at Agricultural Pesticide and Fertilizer Facilities 45 FR 84828
12/4/1980 Denial of Citizens' Petition Use of PCBs in Floor Sweep Compounds 45 FR 80320
10/28/1980 Extension of Comment Period; Announcement of Informal Public Meeting Restrictions on Use of PCBs at Agricultural Pesticide and Fertilizer Facilities 45 FR 71364
9/10/1980 Policy Guidelines PCB Penalty Policy 45 FR 59790
7/14/1980 Extension of Comment Period Restrictions on Use of PCBs at Agricultural Pesticide and Fertilizer Facilities 45 FR 47168
5/9/1980 Proposed Rule Restrictions on Use of PCBs at Agricultural Pesticide and Fertilizer Facilities 45 FR 30989
5/1/1980   Expiration of the Open Border Policy for PCB Disposal 45 FR 29115
4/16/1980 Extension of Comment Period Request for Information on PCB Transformers (published 3/5/80) 45 FR 25828
3/28/1980 Final Amendment Disposal Requirements for PCB Capacitors in Chemical Waste Landfills 45 FR 20473
3/5/1980   Policy Statement on Future Exemption Petitions 45 FR 14247
3/5/1980   Request for Information on PCB Transformers ("Weeping" or "Sweating") 45 FR 14232
11/29/1979 Proposed Amendment Clarification PCB Hydraulic Machines 44 FR 68489
11/21/1979 Proposed Amendment Disposal Requirements for Large PCB Capacitors in Chemical Waste Landfills 44 FR 66851
10/2/1979 Proposed Rule and Interim Guidance Notification of Export of PCBs; 44 FR 56856
9/19/1979   Disposal Requirements; Immediately Effective Amendment to the 5/31/79 Final Rule Comment Period 44 FR 54296
7/20/1979 Notice of Additional Petitions and Extensions of Reply Comment PCBs; Manufacturing Exemptions 44 FR 42727
7/9/1979 Denial of Citizens' Petition Disposal of PCB Contaminated Soil and Debris 44 FR 40132
5/31/1979 Proposed Rule Amendment to Criteria for Chemical Waste Landfills 44 FR 31567
5/31/1979 Proposed Rule Manufacturing Exemptions 44 FR 31564
5/31/1979   Interim Procedural Rules for Exemptions from the PCB Processing and Distribution in Commerce Bans PCBs; 44 FR 31558
5/31/1979 Final Rule PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Bans 44 FR 31514
3/12/1979 Citizens' Petition Disposal of PCB Contaminated Soil and Debris 44 FR 13575
1/2/1979   Policy for Implementation and Enforcement of PCB Ban Rule 44 FR 108
11/1/1978   Interim Procedural Rules for Exemptions from PCB Manufacturing Ban 43 FR 50905
9/22/1978 Extension of Reply Comment Period PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Bans 43 FR 43048
8/25/1978 Clarification PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Bans 43 FR 38057
8/2/1978   PCB Addendum to Preamble and Correction to Final Rule published 2/17/78 43 FR 33918
6/7/1978 Proposed Rule PCBs; Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce and Use Bans 43 FR 24802
2/17/1978 Final Rule PCBs; Marking and Disposal 43 FR 7150
12/2/1977 Final Rule Procedures for Rulemaking under Section 6 of TSCA 42 FR 61259
6/27/1977 Solicitation of Comments PCB Open Public Meeting; 42 FR 32555
5/24/1977 Proposed Rule PCB Marking and Disposal 42 FR 26564
4/1/1976   PCB Containing Waste; Disposal Procedures 41 FR 14133

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