All EU member states are required to create PCB and PCT inventories under a 1996 directive. The European Parliament recently adopted an own-initiative report criticising widespread failure by governments to comply with this and other rules under the directive (ENDS Daily 23 November 2000).
The French order requires holders of equipment larger than five cubic decimeters, containing over 50 parts per million of PCB, to report possession. Similar equipment also containing certain toxic fluids is being subjected to similar provisions. According to an environment ministry official, a national inventory of equipment containing PCBs/PCTs, and plans for decontamination or disposal of equipment and the PCBs they contain should be completed in about one year's time.Follow Up:
French environment ministry, tel : +33 1 42 19 20 21, and PCB reporting order.
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