The management and disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Scotland

Closes 16 Oct 2020

Opened 19 Aug 2020

Overview

The management and disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Scotland is currently carried out in line with the Environmental Protection (Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls and other Dangerous Substances) (Scotland) Regulations 2000 (“the current regulations"). Following a recast of the European Union legislation on Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulation (EU) 2019/1021, it is necessary to comply with a lower threshold for PCB contamination, with 0.005% PCBs by weight and a volume of 0.05 dm3 the new maximum acceptable level. Any equipment which does not comply with the new thresholds is required to be removed from use by 31st December 2025 under EU law.

The proposed regulations aim to ensure the protection of human health and the environment from potential long term and serious consequences associated with uncontrolled dispersive releases of PCBs from ageing electrical equipment, and that Scotland continues to comply with EU law.

The title of the new proposed regulations is the Environmental Protection (Disposal of Polychlorinated Biphenyls and other Dangerous Substances) (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

Why We Are Consulting

The purpose of this consultation is to seek the views of interested parties on the Scottish Government’s proposal to the current regulations.   This is also an important part of the legislative process in order to ensure we are able to draw on the knowledge and experience of stakeholders before finalising the regulations.

Read the consultation paper.

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  • Business, Industry and Innovation
  • Energy
  • Environment and Climate Change