DoE paper raises questions over options for PCB phase-out

Options for phasing out and destroying stocks of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) by 1999 have been set out by the Department of the Environment (DoE) in a Waste Management Paper (WMP).1 There is some uncertainty whether the UK's incineration capacity will be able to handle a large flow of PCB wastes - and so cement kilns have not been ruled out as a disposal route. The DoE is also continuing to allow landfilling of PCB-contaminated waste from scrap processors and other sources.

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