September 15, 2010
In August 2007, Ketchikan Public Utilities personnel removed approximately five gallons of oil containing PCBs from a transformer, and improperly incinerated this liquid at the City's facility located at 1065 Fair Street, Ketchikan, Alaska.
"Disposing of PCB waste improperly is illegal and can be harmful to human health and the environment," said Scott Downey, Manager of the Pesticides and Toxics Program for EPA Region 10 in Seattle. "Local governments and businesses must ensure they are following the federal PCB rules which are intended to protect communities and our critical natural resources."
PCBs were once widely used as a nonflammable coolant for transformers and other electrical equipment. In 1976, Congress enacted TSCA, which authorized EPA to strictly regulate the use, manufacture, cleanup and disposal of PCBs.
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