Canada’s much-anticipated PCB regulations are now one step closer to becoming reality. In order to meet its international commitments, the federal government is revising the existing regulations pertaining to the use and storage of PCBs to include specific timelines. Highlights include the removal from service of equipment containing greater than 500 ppm PCBs or equipment in “sensitive” locations by the end of 2009. Equipment with PCBs in the range of 50 to 500 ppm may be used until the end of 2014 and PCB light ballasts and pole top transformers have until the end of 2025. The proposed regulation had been posted on Gazette I for public comment prior to January 2. These comments will now be given consideration before the final regulation is issued later this winter or early spring.
For further information contact Martin Hassenbach at ConTech – PCB Containment Technology email@example.com An article on the new regulations will appear in the forthcoming spring edition of HazMat Management magazine.