Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB)

The Multilateral Co-operative Project on Phase-out of PCB Use and Management of PCB-contaminated Wastes in the Russian Federation was initiated in 1998 under the Arctic Council's Action Plan for Elimination of Pollution in the Arctic (ACAP).

The ACAP PCB initiative, supported by all Arctic Countries, and the Netherlands, was designed to support Russia in its preparations for joining the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and the UN ECE LRTAP Convention Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants. 

The project includes three phases:

  1. Evaluation of the current status of the problem with respect to environmental impact and development of proposals for priority remedial actions.
  2. Feasibility study.
  3. Implementation of demonstration projects.

AMAP assisted ACAP in implementing Phases 1 and 2 of the project.

The combined project phases cover all stages of problem solving, from assessment of the magnitude of the PCB problem, to development of technical-economic proposals for solutions, and their practical realisation.

Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2000 and Phase 2 of the project was completed in 2003. 


Together with Russian partners, AMAP produced a series of technical reports concerning different parts of the implementation of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the ACAP PCB-project. These are reflected in two Executive Summary reports for the respective implementation phases.

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