PCB-Containing Building Material Management

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were widely used in building materials until 1979 when they were banned by EPA.  Since many University buildings were constructed during that time, this is a major program.

The University's policy is management in-place, meaning contaminated materials are only handled or removed when found or affected by renovations, demolitions or are damaged. Several federal and state agencies regulate PCB building material-related activities including US EPA, PA DEP and OSHA.

EHS provides or coordinates the following services or components of the program: