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PCB Removal and Disposal
Removal:

In order to remove PCBs from the school, you must hire a qualified contractor with experience in PCB-removal. Federal law requires that, as a generator of PCB (or any hazardous waste) a Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest must be completed. A copy of this document is available from the disposal company scheduled to receive the waste. For a list of the approved incinerating facilities, please log on to: www.epa.gov/opptintr/pcb/stordisp.html#Incinerators

The school is also required to have a hazardous waste generator identification number. A school can obtain this number by filling out and submitting EPA form 7710-53. This form is available by following the links below.
Form 7710-53 Instructions
Form 7710-53
 
Disposal:

Disposing of PCB-containing light ballasts presents challenges with cost, environmental impacts and liability issues. The three possible methods of disposal each come with advantages and disadvantages. Incineration is costly, but completely destroys the PCBs and removes future liability. Disposing of the ballasts in a hazardous waste landfill is the least expensive option, but has a greater liability with potential seepage from the landfill. Recycling seems to split the difference with regard to cost, $3.50 per ballast. This method seems to be most beneficial to the environment because it recovers metals and reduces the volume of waste to be buried or incinerated. However, the recycling facility must be permitted and there still is a long-term liability issue.
 
As mentioned above, federal law requires that any PCB-contaminated materials, including light ballasts, be incinerated at an EPA-approved facility. For a list of commercially permitted disposal companies, please log onto www.epa.gov/pcb. Federal law requires that, as a generator of PCB (or any hazardous waste) a Hazardous Waste Manifest must be completed. A copy of this document is available from the disposal company that will receive the waste. The school is also required to have a hazardous waste generator identification number. A school can obtain this number by filling out and submitting EPA form 7710-53. This form is available by following the links below.
 
Form 7710-53 Instructions (PDF)
Form 7710-53 (PDF)
 
As generators of PCB-containing ballast wastes, schools should be aware that they could be liable in any potential Superfund cleanup for improper disposal or release to the environment.
PCBs and Oregon Schools

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