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Expert Removal of PCBs

Where PCBs could be found…

  • Transformers and capacitors
  • Other electrical equipment including voltage regulators, switches, reclosers, bushings, and electromagnets
  • Oil used in motors and hydraulic systems
  • Old electrical devices or appliances containing PCB capacitors
  • Fluorescent light ballasts
  • Cable insulation
  • Thermal insulation material including fiberglass, felt, foam, and cork
  • Adhesives and tapes
  • Oil-based paint
  • Caulking
  • Plastics
  • Carbonless copy paper
  • Floor finish

Why should you remove PCBs?

Congress banned the manufacture of PCBs in the United States in 1977 because of their toxic effects. In 1979, EPA banned the processing or use of PCBs, except in totally enclosed equipment. However, a large number of structures that were installed prior to these bans may contain PCBs and may still be in use in older buildings. In recent years, EPA has learned that caulk containing potentially harmful polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) was used in many buildings in the 1950s through the 1970s. Caulk is a flexible material used to seal gaps to make windows, door frames, masonry and joints in buildings and other structures watertight or airtight. At one time caulk was manufactured to contain PCBs because PCBs imparted flexibility.

What is the process for PCBs removal?

  • Sample the suspect material(s)
  • If the sample shows high levels of PCBs, then they should be removed (=50 ppm)
  • Remove PCBs in a safe manner, abiding by all EPA standards

Why choose EnviroVantage?

We have the knowledge and resources to get the job done right. Backed by extensive knowledge, decades of experience and the necessary equipment, EnviroVantage delivers innovative removal techniques and safe, cost efficient methods to satisfy the specific needs of every client. We also use the latest technology to keep our clients informed through every step of the project. You will often see an EnviroVantage employee with a tablet in the field giving an update on the spot!

Contact EnviroVantage for your next project. You’ll be glad you did!