Polychlorinated bipenyl (PCB)



Project Proponent: Natural Resources Development Corporation (NRDC)

Implementing Agency: Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)

Private Sector

Supervising Institution: Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

Project Site Locations: PAFC Industrial Park, Barangay Batangas Dos, Mariveles, Bataan

Project Description:

In 2010, the Non-Combustion destruction facility was established in Barangay Mariveles, Bataan through the concerted efforts and funding of Global Environmental Facility, Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR), Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s), Private Sector, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Philippine National Oil Company Alternative Fuel Corporation (PAFC) and Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service (FASPS).

The proposed project aims to destroy hazardous wastes technically called “Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) generated by electrical utilities and cooperatives, commercial buildings, industrial establishments and manufacturing plants, military camps and bases, servicing facilities and hospitals. PCB wastes are identified as one of the twelve (12) POPs that are oily liquids which contains chemically aromatic cores with 209 different compound combinations  and differ in toxicity potential and physic-chemical properties. According to scientific research, these are posing risks to health and the environment.

In support of the Republic Act 6969 also known as “Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990”, NRDC is being tapped as the Operating Entity of the Non-Combustion Destruction Facility for POPs. The NRDC and EMB executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dated July 29, 2015, to conduct study and analysis of the viability of the undertaking. The corporation will identify technically skilled private partner to operate the plant. The income generated from this enterprise will be used to augment the operational needs of the NRDC, EMB-DENR and its private partner.

Legal Basis:

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants was adopted on 22 May 2001 and entered into force on 17 May 2004.

Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their disposal was adopted on 22 March 1989 by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Basel, Switzerland, in response to a public outcry following the discovery in the 1980’s in Africa and other parts of the developing world of deposits of toxic wastes imported from abroad.

MOU between NRDC and EMB dated July 29, 2015.

Tripartite Agreement among NRDC, EMB and IPM Construction and Development Corporation for the operation of the destruction facility covering an initial volume of 240 tons dated May 20, 2016.

MOA between NRDC and EMB for the operation of the destruction facility covering 1,500 tons of PCB waste dated May 20, 2016.

Project Milestones

I. NRDC and EMB executed a Memorandum of Understanding dated July 29, 2015 for the conduct of project study and analysis.

II. NRDC, EMB, DENR and UNIDO conducted pre-feasibility study and initial business plan for the operation of the facility. However, the results of the study disclosed substantial amount of investment and has some limitation to the efficiency, effectiveness and viability that the corporation decided to limit the initial operation to only 240 tons of PCB waste to verify the results of the study.

III. The project was presented to the Board for approval.  Accordingly, an approval in principle is obtained to cover initial treatment of 240 tons of PCB waste for the period of four (4) months subject to conduct of due diligence. The decision is to confirm the efficiency, effectiveness and viability of the project.  This will also be used as basis for the demonstration and eventual commercial operation of the project.

IV. In May 20, 2016, a tripartite agreement among NRDC, EMB and IPM was executed for the operation of the destruction facility covering an initial volume of 240 tons and the demonstration phase covering a volume of 1,500 tons. In the initial stage, NRDC Board approved the operation covering the treatment of 240 tons of PCB waste for a duration of four (4) months to check the efficiency and effectiveness of the facility.

V. Results of Prefeasibility study in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).