January 21, 2005
The Ministry of the Environment has released the state of PCB waste in storage that has been reported under the Law Concerning Special Measures for Promotion of Proper Treatment of PCB Waste (hereinafter referred to as the "PCB Special Measures Law"). The data on the storage and disposal status of PCB waste as of March 31, 2003, was submitted from businesses to prefectural and municipal governments.
Compared with the previous report as of March 31, 2002, the amount of PCBs stored in total has been increasing while the use of PCBs has been decreasing. This trend is due to the progress in grasping amount of PCB waste by familiarization of the reporting system under the Law, besides the shift from using PCBs to storing them has been advancing. (Tables 1 & 2)
|* Table 1||State of PCB Waste in Storage|
|* Table 2||State of PCB-containing Equipment in Use|