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PERMIT ISSUED FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY TO DECONTAMINATE PCBs

 PERMIT ISSUED FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY TO DECONTAMINATE PCBs
 SEATTLE, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Burlington Environmental announced today that it received a national permit to operate mobile PCB decontamination units to remove PCB contamination from compressed air systems and metallic pipe. The permit, authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), enables the company to operate the new technology for a broad range of industrial applications.
 The mobile process extracts and removes polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination from metallic piping and equipment associated with compressed air systems and parts. Strict federal regulations under TSCA govern the disposal of PCBs, toxic substances that were banned from production in 1978. Until that time, industry used PCBs widely because of their non-flammable characteristics in fluids and lubricating oils.
 Dr. John Craig, president of Burlington Environmental, stated that the new process has been proven by controlled, rigorous full-scale plant demonstrations with the EPA.
 "The process offers the best demonstrated technology to thoroughly cleanse systems contaminated with PCBs. It is a cost effective and environmentally safe methodology," said Craig.
 The decontamination units are fully mobile and designed to operate with minimal interruption to customers' normal operations. The decontamination process uses a multi-phase procedure that circulates cleaning and rinse fluids through piping. It is conducted in a totally enclosed system, using an innovative process (patent pending).
 The new decontamination technology complies with all environmental regulations. The mobile units perform cleanup of air compressor system components to below 100 micrograms per 100 square centimeters, and metallic pipe to below 10 micrograms per 100 square centimeters; results which heretofore had not been achieved. Based on demonstrated results, the EPA issued the company both a performance-based permit and a measurement-based permit. The performance-based portion of the permit allows Burlington Environmental to operate the cleaning process without any sampling for verification. The five year operating permit authorizes the company to use the process in all ten EPA regions.
 Burlington Environmental is an environmental services firm, offering hazardous waste management, environmental engineering and exploration, and remediation services to commercial, industrial and governmental customers throughout the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Kate Tate of Burlington Environmental, 206-223-0500 (business hours), or 206-935-1293 (evenings/weekends)/ CO: Burlington Environmental ST: Washington IN: SU:


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