PCB storage, disposal, and transportation
How do I dispose of an x-ray machine?
X-ray equipment must be disposed of through a commercial x-ray company or recycler to ensure proper disposal. You should ensure that disposal follows all state rules regarding handling and disposal of radioactive material and radiation-producing equipment. Information by state can be found below:
Old machines (pre 1978) may contain PCBs in the capacitors, wiring insulation, etc. If machines contain PCBs at concentrations 50 ppm or greater, the PCB Items must be disposed of at a TSCA authorized facility.
I have PCB household waste - what are the rules?
PCB Household waste is waste that is composed of materials generated by consumers in their homes including unwanted or discarded non-commercial vehicles (prior to shredding), household items, and appliances or appliance parts. Bulk or commingled liquid PCB wastes at concentrations of ≥50 ppm, demolition and renovation wastes, and industrial or heavy duty equipment with PCBs are not household wastes. For a full definition see 40 CFR 761.3 Definitions.
Household waste can be disposed of in a state-permitted municipal landfill or non-hazardous waste landfill as described in 40 CFR 761.63 (PCB household waste storage and disposal).
For additional questions regarding to PCB household waste please see, page 107 of the PCB Question & Answer Manual (PDF) (134 pp, 476K).
What are the guidelines for recycling concrete?
PCB contaminated concrete is considered PCB bulk remediation waste. Any person disposing of concrete on which PCBs have been spilled must do so in accordance with 40 CFR 761.61 (PCB remediation waste). Non-contaminated concrete may be recycled.
Do I need an EPA identification number to transport or dispose of PCB waste?
All generators must have a TSCA ID. Generators can either use their assigned RCRA ID, or if a RCRA ID is not already assigned, request one from EPA. In some circumstances generators may use the generic TSCA ID, "40 CFR PART 761"
Any generator, commercial storer, transporter, or disposer of PCB waste (other than generators exempt from notification regulation as described in 40 CFR 761.25 (c)(1) (Prohibitions and exeptions) must notify EPA of PCB waste handling activities by using the notification procedures and form as described in 40 CFR 761.205 (Notification of PCB waste activity). EPA will confirm the EPA ID number of facilities and will only assign EPA ID number to facilities that do not have one. EPA ID numbers will be mailed by EPA Headquarters.
Who may use the generic "40 CFR PART 761" ID number?
40 CFR 761.205(c)(1) and (c)(2) explain that generators of PCB waste do not need to notify EPA and receive a unique EPA ID unless their PCB waste activities include:
- Using, owning, servicing or processing PCBs or PCB Items only if they own or operate a PCB storage facility subject to the storage requirements of 761.65 (b) or (c).
Generators exempted from notifying EPA under 761.206(c)(2) can use the generic ID "40 CFR PART 761" on manifests, records and reports, unless the generator elects to use an EPA ID previously assigned to them under RCRA by EPA or a state.
Where is the form to fill out to receive an EPA ID number?
I have a cleanup site, demolition project or other waste generation procedure and I’ll be storing waste on site temporarily- what are the rules?
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