Washington State University
BUSINESS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

PROPERTY
20.77
New 12-07
Surplus Stores
335-4630

Contaminated Surplus Property
Appendix 5F: PCB-Containing Materials

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PCB-CONTAINING MATERIALS

Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)-containing materials are materials containing PCB components. The list below provides examples of items which may contain PCB components. The list is not exhaustive.

Air conditioners

Capacitors

Equipment with electrical motors (capacitors within)

Freezers
Furnace blower motors

Hydraulic equipment (especially high temperature applications)

Light ballasts (fluorescent)

Microwave ovens

Refrigerators

Switches

Transformers

X-ray machines, including the following types:

Cabinet
Crystallography
Diffraction
Fluorescence
Veterinary units

Item Evaluation

Prior to surplusing, the department must attach a completed Item Evaluation form listing the presence and location of any PCB-containing component within an item. To obtain copies of the evaluation form, complete and/or print the PDF master on 20.77.4.

PCB Contamination Criteria

PCB contamination is defined as as ≥2 ppm PCB. State law regulates PCB-contaminated components as dangerous waste. It is illegal to dispose of such waste in the trash. See SPPM 5.66. Contact EH&S for assistance; telephone 335-3041.

No PCB contamination is defined as less than 2 ppm PCB.

Non-PCB contaminated waste, containing 2 ≤ 50 ppm PCB, is a regulated waste, in accordance with state law.

To determine whether an oil-filled component contains PCB contamination:

If such a label is present, the component is not a PCB waste.

All other oil-filled components are managed as PCB waste.

Notification

Departments which have appliances for surplus or disposal must notify Surplus Stores or the new owner of any potential PCB contents.

Leaking or Ruptured Component

Notify EH&S of any leaking or ruptured PCB-filled component; telephone 335-3041. EH&S must fix or remove the component prior to collection of the equipment by Surplus Stores.