SoRec joins bid to revise PCB disposal permit

May 17, 2013 | 04:12 PM | Sean Davidson

Tags  Southern Recycling, SoRec, PCB disposal, U.S. EPA, marine recycling, Eastern Metals Recycling, EMR, Basel Action Network Sierra Club

NEW YORK — Southern Recycling LLC (SoRec) has joined a number of environmental groups in their efforts toward the revision of a general permit that regulates the sinking of U.S. Navy vessels, citing differences in procedures outlined for the removal of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the ships prior to sinking.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asked for public comment on two petitions requesting the amendment of a permit under the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA), which regulates the transportation and dumping of materials into ocean waters.

The permit relates to the removal of PCBs from ships used in the Navy’s SinkEx program, which uses obsolete vessels for target practice by military personnel for training and testing purposes, and leads to the consequent sinking of the vessels. Vessels used for SinkEx are prepared according to the terms of the MPRSA general permit issued to the Navy. ....

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