Norway looks for PCBs in buildings

Pollution agency-led research programme aims to formulate criteria for safe disposal

Norway's pollution control authority is to launch a study of the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) content of plaster, mortar, concrete admixtures and similar building materials. "The aim is to formulate criteria for safe cleansing and waste disposal," the agency said today. The move follows an announcement last month (ENDS Daily 14 March) highlighting the dangers of PCBs found in some double glazed window units.

Building materials containing PCBs sold in Norway between 1960 and 1972 were widely used for priming, filling and finishing, internally and externally, SFT adds. The materials to be studied are not considered a public health hazard in situ. Cooperating with SFT in the study are the Norwegian EcoBuild Programme and the Confederation of Norwegian Building Industry (BNL).

Follow Up:
SFT, tel: +47 22 57 34 00, and press release; Norwegian EcoBuild Programme, tel: +47 23 24 17 08; BNL, tel: +47 23 08 75 00.

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