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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Disposing of Vessels with PCBs

Many ocean-going vessels built before 1979 contain PCBs in various materials including cables, electrical equipment such as capacitors and transformers, gaskets and watertight seal material, and painted surfaces. Vessel owners must get permission from the EPA before exporting older vessels containing PCBs for disposal, or holding a vessel containing PCBs for purposes of export for disposal.

Watch the video on this page to find out more about EPA requirements for disposing of vessels with PCBs.

For more information on PCB regulation and enforcement, as well as enforcement of U.S. laws related to toxic materials in general, please visit the EPA PCBs website, or the EPA Compliance and Enforcement website.

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