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PCB Risk Based Disposal Approval

On June 10, 2014, USEPA issued a final risk based Approval to the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG) members to dispose of non-liquid PCB remediation waste generated at secure utility assets with as-found PCB concentrations <50 parts per million in non-TSCA approved landfill facilities, including municipal solid waste landfills.  AEP is a USWAG member.  EPA believes “that the proposed disposal method, with the conditions listed in the attached final Approvals, meets the requirements under §761.61(c) and will not result in an unreasonable risk to health or the environment when conducted in accordance with these final Approvals.”

The risk based Approval is protective because it contains detailed conditions assuring agency oversight, providing public notice, requiring waste characterization and analysis, establishing recordkeeping obligations, and setting specific disposal restrictions.  The Approval will promote and facilitate efficient PCB remediation waste cleanups avoiding significant operational and cost impacts associated with the disposal of low-level PCB remediation waste, while still remaining protective of human health and the environment.  

Individuals seeking additional information regarding this Approval may contact the following AEP staff: