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Polychlorinated Biphenyls Comprehensive Training

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This comprehensive course provides in-depth instruction on requirements of the TSCA PCB regulations.  Special emphasis is placed on current and complex issues associated with PCBs. Regulatory issues associated with remediation of contaminated environmental media and structures, and the management of associated wastes, will be reviewed. Similarly, issues associated with deactivation and decommissioning of facilities and equipment will be examined, including those involving radioactive facilities.

The course will address the effective use of risk-based approvals for management of PCB remediation wastes and PCB bulk product wastes. Special difficulties under the current regulation will be discussed, e.g., the unauthorized status of Non-Liquid PCBs such as PCB-containing caulking and paints, and the difficulties associated with their removal. Other topics to be addressed include issues associated with long-term storage and integrating TSCA/RCRA's requirements with those of other regulations. Recommendations and tips will be provided for use by representatives from regulatory agencies and from regulated facilities. Recent enforcement actions of note will also be discussed.

Learning modules include the following: Background PCB information (physical, chemical, and toxicological properties), 40 CFR 761 Subpart A - General (applicability, categorizing PCBs, establishing the PCB concentration, and determining whether material is a PCB waste); 40 CFR 761 Subparts B, E and F - Prohibitions and Authorizations (manufacture, processing, distribution in commerce, and use, exemptions, exemptions, trans-boundary shipments, and equipment servicing, reclassification, and inspection); 40 CFR 761 Subpart C – Marking; 40 CFR 761 Subparts B and D - Storage for Reuse and Storage for Disposal; Commercial Storage Approvals/Permits; 40 CFR 761 Subpart B - Burning Used Oil; 40 CFR 761 Subpart D - Disposal (general requirements, bulk PCB liquids, and PCB Items including gas pipeline systems), 40 CFR 761.70-.75 Disposal Facility Approvals/Permits; 40 CFR 761.61 - PCB Remediation Waste, 40 CFR 761 Subpart D - PCB Bulk Product Waste and Other Wastes, 40 CFR 761.79 – Decontamination; 40 CFR 761.77, TSCA PCB Coordinated Approvals; Subpart G, PCB Spill Cleanup Policy; and 40 CFR 761 Subparts J and K – Record keeping, Reporting, and Notification

A quiz after each section offers in-class opportunities to apply the knowledge acquired and to evaluate student learning.

Delivery Method: Classroom Lecture & Exercises

Intended Audience: This course is intended for Regulators, Auditors or those in the field with a need for detailed and comprehensive PCBs related materials.

Participants will also learn about the new disposal provisions for PCB remediation waste, PCB bulk product waste, PCB/radioactive waste, and wastes from research and development activities.

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