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Certain equipment found in electrical installations, such as electrical transformers or capacitor banks, may contain compounds considered hazardous (PCB, polychlorinated biphenyls or polychlorinated terphenyls, known commercially as “pyralene”) that need to be treated and disposed of.
The Iberdrola PCB Disposal Service is a tailored solution for disposing of pyralene or PCB found in your company's equipment in accordance with current legislation.
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Polychlorobiphenyl (PCB), commonly known as pyralene, is agroup of substances considered to be hazardous waste, which can be found in a significant percentage of equipment such as transformers or capacitor banks, among others. It has traditionally been used in industry, especially in electrical insulation and for cooling of certain types of electrical transformers.
Following confirmation by the scientific community in the 1960s of their low biodegradability and capacity for bioacummulation in fatty tissues, the potential risk to human health (PCB has been catalogued as carcinogenic) and the environment was made clear, and a process for regulating and banning its use began.
In accordance with Royal Decree 228/2006 [PDF], Footnote (*) dated 24 February, which amends Royal Decree 1378/1999, dated 27 August, and lays down measures for the disposal and management of polychlorobiphenyls, polychloroterphenyls and the equipment in which they are found, the owners of PCB and of equipment that contains or may contain PCB are under the following obligations:
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|FECHA DE FABRICACIÓN DESCONOCIDA||Antes del 1-1-2007|
|FABRICACIÓN ANTERIOR A 1965||Antes del 1-1-2007|
|FABRICACIÓN ENTRE 1965 Y 1969, AMBOS INCLUSIVE||Antes del 1-1-2008|
|FABRICACIÓN ENTRE 1970Y 1974, AMBOS INCLUSIVE||Antes del 1-1-2009|
|FABRICACIÓN ENTRE 1975 Y 1980, AMBOS INCLUSIVE||Antes del 1-1-2010|
|FABRICACIÓN POSTERIOR A 1980||Antes del 1-1-2011|
The equipment must be decontaminated or eliminated in accordance with the following years and minimum percentages, in relation to the total amount in weight (solid plus liquid) that it contains at the start of each year:
This obligation is legally binding on installation owners, and if they keep such substances after the aforementioned dates it will be a cause for penalty.
The final stage of the pyralene elimination process must take place outside national soil. Apart from delaying the process, this points towards possible market saturation and the consequent increase in cost, since the aforementioned deadline applies to all EU countries.
Iberdrola therefore recommends that you start the process to eliminate this substance as soon as possible.