EPA Nears Decision on Final TSCA Interpretation to Allow Auto Scrap with Low PCBs

The EPA is considering comments received from multiple industry groups on a proposed interpretation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) that would allow recycling of auto scrap containing low levels of PCBs.  While TSCA generally bans the manufacture of PCBs, the EPA has created a list of “excluded PCB products” that it deems do not present unacceptable health risks to the public.  Because of these exceptions, plastic materials recovered from automobiles in other metals very often contain low levels of PCBs.  The new interpretation would allow for the recycling of these products, and result in massive reduction of waste sent to landfills.

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