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EPA Proposes to Renew Clean Harbors PCB Permit; Public Comment Period Begins

Release Date: 08/22/2013
Contact Information: Nahal Mogharabi, mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov, 213-244-1815

LOS ANGELES – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requesting comments on its proposed PCB permit renewal for Clean Harbors Los Angeles, LLC., a commercial hazardous waste treatment, storage, and transfer facility located approximately two miles south of Downtown Los Angeles in the industrial city of Vernon, Calif.

EPA’s proposed permit, if finalized, would be valid for 10 years and will allow Clean Harbors to continue to receive, store, and repackage PCB wastes. The draft permit imposes new additional safety requirements on the facility including regular random sampling, and more stringent cleanup standards if the facility were to close.


The 45-day comment period begins August 22 and ends October 7, 2013. The EPA is hosting an informational Public Meeting and Hearing on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 6 – 8pm at the Slauson Multipurpose Center located at 5306 S. Compton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90011. Comments on the proposed renewal approval may be submitted over the phone; in writing via mail, email or fax; or in person at the public meeting and hearing. EPA will make a final decision on the renewal of the Clean Harbors PCB Approval after considering all public comments submitted.


The Clean Harbors facility has been in operation since 1980 and has been permitted to store PCBs since 1992.


Products that may contain PCBs include: electrical transformers and capacitors, other electrical equipment, and fluorescent light ballasts. EPA regulates the treatment, storage and disposal of PCBs under the Toxic Substances Control Act.


For more information on the proposed permit, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/region09/pcbs/disposal/cleanharbors/index.html


For more information on PCB regulation, as well as the Toxic Substances Control Act, please visit: http://epa.gov/region9/toxic/pcb/index.htm


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