One of the greatest obstacles to remediating and redeveloping contaminated brownfields properties is the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, in soil. PCBs are regulated under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and have been since the June 1998 update commonly known as the “Mega-Rule.” Focused on PCB regulations, this update encompassed more than 80 changes and additions to the regulations, including § 761.61 defining “PCB remediation waste” at site cleanups. Within the referenced section, the TSCA clearly defines three remedial options for PCB remediation waste: (1) self-implementing cleanup and disposal; (2) performance-based disposal; and (3) risk-based disposal approval.
Q&A: Regulating Waste
How is waste regulated and what is the generator's responsibility?
Emily Clark, PE
ESG SPOTLIGHT: A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO DEVELOPING AN ESG PROGRAM
Over the last two decades, investing guided by corporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles has become a $35 trillion industry. Investors are increasingly relying on ESG disclosures and scoring to guide decision-making and stakeholders are demanding progress across ESG metrics—particularly on issues relating to climate change, diversity, and equity.