EPA has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to solicit public feedback on the agency’s plan to reassess the current authorizations for the use and distribution of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in commerce. 75 Fed. Reg. 17,645 (04/07/10). EPA will reassess (i) the use, distribution in commerce, marking, and storage for reuse of liquid PCBs in electric and non-electric equipment; (ii) the use of the 50 parts per million (ppm) level for excluded PCB products; (iii) the use of non-liquid PCBs; (iv) the use and distribution in commerce of PCBs in porous surfaces; and (v) the marking of PCB articles in use.

According to the ANPRM, EPA will also reassess several definitions in current PCB regulations. EPA is soliciting comments by July 6, 2010. Public meetings will take place May 4, 2010, in New York; May 18 in Chicago; May 25 in Atlanta; and May 27 in Washington, D.C.