Electricity industry wins exemptions from PCB phase-out

In the run-up to the flotation of the National Grid, the electricity supply industry appears to have won significant exemptions from the UK's international commitment to destroy remaining stocks of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) by 1999. The Department of the Environment (DoE) has accepted that some 325,000 pole-mounted transformers - many containing oil contaminated with PCBs - can stay in use beyond the deadline, saving the industry some £230 million. The move has dismayed waste firms operating PCB disposal facilities.

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