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Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

September 27, 2013

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

You may be aware that the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) is conducting an investigation into the illicit discharge of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) into tanks (such as grease traps, septic tanks, oil water separators, etc.) connected to waste water treatment plants. Prior to 1979, PCBs were commonly  used as dielectric and coolant fluids in transformers, capacitors, and electric motors. Due to its toxicity and pervasiveness, in 1979 production of PCBs was banned by Congress, however due to its wide use, PCBs continue to plague industry and utilities today. The current issue has predominantly been confined to the upstate of SC, but has arisen in the midlands this week as well.

Management of PCB contamination, removal, decontamination, transportation, and disposal is regulated by the EPA under the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) and can’t be performed without the proper training, permitted equipment, and technology.

If you want to be assured that your grease trap, oil water separator, or septic tank is secure and free of PCBs or if you have already confirmed , or suspect a PCB contamination problem, A&D Environmental Services (A&D) stands ready to assist.

A&D has experience in PCB management from sampling to removal and decontamination to disposal. We have proven procedures for removal of PCB contaminated material and decontamination of tanks/containers (or replacement of the tank should decontamination not be a viable solution). A&D is permitted to transport PCBs and will provide EPA approved disposal options through strategic partners. Our company also has experience in decontamination of PCB contaminated equipment and transport vehicles.

If you own/operate a grease trap, septic tank, oil water separator, or other container that could potentially be impacted by the illicit discharge, A&D has solutions for securing your apparatus to prevent access by unwanted visitors.

Additionally, if you are a Waste Water Treatment Plant and need assistance we have solutions for you as well.

Please call A&D Environmental at 803-957-9175 or 1-800-434-7750 for solutions to your PCB or other environmental waste management needs.

Click on the following link to be taken to the SC DHEC website where more information from the state may be obtained. http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/news/2013/nr20130925-01.htm

A&D Environmental provides five core services in house; heavy industrial cleaning, hazardous and non-hazardous waste management, remediation, emergency spill response, and hazmat transportation.

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