Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

Technical Guidance for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Ships

EPA has developed a technical guidance for determining the presence of PCBs at regulated concentrations on vessels (ships) to be reflagged to assist ship owners in complying with Maritime Administration (MARAD) procedures for requesting a transfer of a United States flagged ships to a foreign registry.  

Prior to reflagging, MARAD requires owners to certify that there are no PCBs in amounts greater than or equal to 50 parts per million (ppm) in shipboard materials, such as the following:

  • paint
  • electrical cabling
  • gaskets

The comprehensive, technical guidance will also help protect human health and the environment by assisting ship owners in complying with the requirements of the Toxic Substance Control Act and implementing PCB regulations. These regulations prohibit the export of regulated levels of PCBs from the United States.

EPA solicited public comments on the entire draft technical guidance document. The comment period closed on March 31, 2013, and comments were received from seven organizations. 

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