On Sep. 5, 2008 a regulation governing the use, storage, and disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) came into force. A program has been developed to gather the requisite information to file our annual report. If you use PCBs in research or in your department's operations, familiarize yourself with the content of the procedure.
PCBs have been known for many years to have an adverse effect on the environment. They are not readily degraded in the environment and bio-accumulate in the food chain. They require very large amounts of energy to undergo thermal destruction. Several PCBs are toxic or carcinogenic and incomplete destruction results in the formation of dioxins and other harmful compounds. The Government of Canada, through Environment Canada regulates the production, sale, use, and disposal of PCBs to fulfill Canada’s obligations as established by international agreement. All provincial governments impose regulation within their respective jurisdictions, and transportation is also regulated both federally and provincially.
This page outlines the appropriate steps to ensure the University of Calgary is in compliance with the federal legislation known as "PCB Regulations" enacted under the authority of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. A brief synopsis of the requirements for the purchase, use, storage, and disposal of PCBs is also included. In addition, the responsibilities of select groups are outlined to ensure the University of Calgary is able to fulfill its obligations as mandated by these regulations