Original Date: 03/17/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Polychlorinated Biphenyl Elimination
In the late 1980s, Polaroid decided to remove polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the approximately 75 transformers located at six sites throughout the United States, or to replace them where possible. While the transformer replacement project was being completed, Polaroid then began replacing facility lights under its Green Light program. This action led to Polaroid’s 1995 decision to locate and replace all PCB-containing capacitors, most of which were found in sensitometer testing units.
The PCB elimination and removal program was driven partly by cost and regulatory concerns. Transformer replacement was prioritized by age and sensitivity of location. The PCB elimination and removal plan emphasized minimal plant production disruption. In addition, the plan stressed minimal impact from possible spills at the plant, during transportation, or at the disposal site. The PCB elimination and removal program reinforces Polaroid’s image as a leader in environmental stewardship.
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