Current Regulation

PCB Regulations (SOR/2008-273)

The PCB Regulations (the Regulations) set specific deadlines for ending the use of PCBs in concentrations at or above 50 mg/kg, eliminating all PCBs and equipment containing PCBs currently in storage and limiting the period of time PCBs can be stored before being destroyed. These requirements, together with the more stringent release limits, will further reduce releases of PCBs into the environment. The labelling and reporting requirements for PCBs provide the necessary information to monitor progress towards end-of-use targets. The Regulations also establish sound practices for the better management of the remaining PCBs in use (i.e. those with content of less than 50 mg/kg), until their eventual elimination, to prevent contamination of dielectric fluids and dispersion of PCBs in small quantities into other liquids.

It is expected that the deadlines for ending the use and storage of PCBs will result in the removal of 90% of the PCBs still in use and 100% of the PCBs currently in storage by the end of 2009. The remaining PCBs, comprising equipment in use containing low level concentrations of PCBs (i.e. less than 500 mg/kg) will be eliminated by 2025.

Contact Information:

Waste Reduction and Management Division
Environment Canada 351 St. Joseph Blvd, 9th Floor
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3
Phone number: 1-844-815-6418
Fax number: 819-938-4454
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Publication Information:

Canada Gazette Date published Volume and number
Part 1: 2006-11-04 Vol. 140, No. 44
Part 2: 2008-09-17 Vol. 142, No. 19

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