For years, PCBs or polychlorinated biphenyls were used extensively in a wide range of industrial applications, including sealants, caulking compounds and paint adhesives. In particular, PCBs were widely used as coolants and lubricants in electrical transformers, capacitors and lamp ballasts.
Concern over the environmental impact of PCBs and their threat to human health led to a North America-wide ban on non-electrical uses of PCBs in 1977. Electrical applications of PCBs are now being phased out and there are strict standards governing the handling, storage and disposal of PCB-containing material.
QMLP provides comprehensive services in the classification, removal, storage and disposal of materials containing PCBs, including:
- Decoding and classifying PCB-containing products
- Removing and collecting PCB-containing fixtures and equipment
- Cleaning and recycling PCB-contaminated containers
- Reducing PCB wastes
- Collection, transportation, and storage, disposal or destruction of PCBs
- Design and construction of temporary storage facilities
- Preparation and maintenance of emergency contingency plans