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EBC Emerging Contaminants Program: Advanced Topics in Disposal and Decontamination of PCB Waste

July 31, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Weston & Sampson
55 Walkers Brook Drive

Disposal or decontamination of federally-regulated PCB-impacted wastes can be problematic because options allowed under the federal regulations (40 CFR Part 761 or TSCA Regulations) are limited, allowable options are not always available, and the descriptions in the regulations can be confusing.

The focus of this EBC Emerging Contaminants program will be to discuss changes in the disposal market, how these changes are affecting remediation of PCB impacted sites, and to highlight alternatives. Shortages of long-haul truckers are causing problems in scheduling transport of PCB wastes offsite and can lead to significant delays in projects.  Planning for the use of rail transport from the beginning of your project can ease this problem and also provide a greener alternative to the trucking of wastes. Disposal of PCB wastes typically makes up the largest portion of a site remediation budget. Thermal desorption of PCBs is a potential alternative that could allow for the reuse of the treated soil as backfill at the remediation site. Disposal of metal with PCB paints at smelters is allowed under the federal regulations.

However, the facility that can manage large amounts of metal does not exist and the scrap value of the metal is lost to the project.  Also, at sites where significant amounts of water wastes are generated due to dewatering, the decontamination of water and proper discharge can be difficult.  Trucking water to decontamination facilities can be expensive, discharge to sanitary sewers can be limited by facility permit requirements and even pipe size, and discharge to surface water bodies may be your only alternative.

A robust panel discussion with the audience will conclude the program.

Final Agenda – Advanced Topics in Disposal and Decontamination of PCB Wastes

Presentations are posted to the Presentations section of the EBC website.


Program Co-Chairs:

  • Malcolm Beeler, Team Leader, PCB Technical Lead, Weston & Sampson
  • David McCarley, Business Development Manager, Northeast United States, Clean Harbors

Speaker Agenda:

Setting Your Site Up for Rail Disposal

  • Steve Cross, Strategic Accounts Manager, Heritage

Thermal Desorption of PCBs as an Alternative Disposal Technology

  • Scott Miller, Region General Manager, New England, Clean Earth

Disposal of Metal with PCB Paints

  • Malcolm Beeler, Team Leader, PCB Technical Lead, Weston & Sampson

A Contractor’s Perspective on Handling Water at a PCB Remediation Site

  • David McCarley, Business Development Manager, Northeast United States, Clean Harbors
Attendee List

Jim Belcastro, US Ecology, Business Manager
Todd Berry, Clean Harbors, Environmental Services Sr. Account Manager
Meghan Clifford, SumCo Eco-Contracting, Sr. Project Coordinator
John Curley, US Ecology
Beth Eliason, VHB, Senior Water Resources Engineer
Dennis Francoeur Jr, RPF Environmental, CIH CSP CMI
Michael Gitten, ATC, Group Services Division Manager
Katrina Green, EnviroVantage, CMO
Leslie Lombardo, GEI Consultants, Inc., Project Manager
Patrick Lydon, Coneco Environmental
Nancy Marshall, Ransom Consulting, Inc., Project Manager
Christine Owens, ATC, Project Manger
Clifford Pascerella, CMBG3 LAW, Attorney
Charles Riccardi, J.H. Maxymillian, Inc., Manager of Engineering
Thomas Salimeno, Loureiro Engineering Associates, Inc, Technical Practice Leader, Environmental Engineering
William Sexton