|GRN Recycle Talk FAQ
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 97 14:55 WET From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman) Subject: Re: Protocol for removing capacitors from appliances (Stephen Carfora)
January 21, 1997
Dear Stephen Carfora,
First the good news, lately it has been researched that quicklime breaks down PCBs under certain circumstances.
The bad news, the regulations concerning handling and disposal of PCBs still stand, including explicit guidance on how to handle PCB capacitors.
You should first read:
1. 40 CFR part 261.8 PCB waste regulated under TSCA
2. 40 CFR part 258.50 LDR: AProhibitions on Storage
3. Sections on PCBs e.g. Sec 6.8 in Standard handbook of hazardous waste treatment and disposal edited by Harry Freeman (McGraw-Hill, 1988)
4. PCB Regulations under TSCA: Over 100 Questions and Answers to help you meet these requirements, 8/83, Rev. ed. #3.
The US EPA s Office of Toxic Substances maintains a list of training programs (usually taking place at junior or community colleges) where PCB capacitor removal is in the curriculum. I m sorry, but I can t get you any closer to them that the Office of P2 and Toxics in Washington. Their information Center is at 202-260-7099, according to Access EPA.
I hope that this helps.
Fred Friedman, Head
Research Library for RCRA
US EPA-New England