PCB Remediation

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a family of man-made chemicals that contain 209 individual compounds with varying levels of toxicity. Because of their insulating and nonflammable properties, PCBs have been widely used as coolants and lubricants in transformers, capacitors, and other electrical equipment. The manufacture and use of PCBs in new products stopped in the United States in 1977, because of evidence that PCBs accumulated in the environment and could cause human health hazards. The University of Massachusetts took steps to abate PCBs on campus particularly in transformers and light ballast applications. As part of a LGRC (Lederle Graduate Research Center) facade repair and waterproofing project, it was discovered that PCBs were used in some of the sealant caulking material. When this was validated, the proper regulatory authorities (Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Environmental Protection Agency) were notified. The work involving the sealant material was stopped and an environmental engineering firm (Environmental Health and Engineering (EH&E) of Newton, MA) was retained to assist in evaluating the situation and to make recommendations for engineering controls and remediation.

PCB Remediation Plans and Related Reports

Following pdf documents are related to PCB remediation projects:

Woodard & Curran Window Glazing Documents

Soil Remediation Documents

Project Communication

EPA Alternative Decontamination Approval

PCB Test Data Related to LGRC Facade Repairs and Waterproofing Project

PCB Test Data Samplings