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Measures against Environmental Risks
- Compliance Management at Factories
- Management of Soil
Initiatives for Address
Initiatives for PCB pollution
Panasonic discontinued the production of equipment containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in Japan in 1972 and has since been strictly managing its PCB waste. We are storing and making necessary notifications about such materials in compliance with the Act on Special Measures concerning Promotion of Proper Treatment of PCB Waste, which was enforced in Japan in July 2001. As for the PCB-containing capacitors buried at five of our factories which we voluntarily made public in January 2003, we have completed excavations. We also completed full scale treatment of the contaminated soil by commissioning it to Geosteam Corp., which has PCB contaminated soil purification facilities in Kitakyushu. By the end of June 2011, approx. 17,400 tons of contaminated soil have been transported to and treated at the facilities. We will continue to treat PCB waste in a prompt manner.
Numbers of PCB-containing items registered with JESCO*1 and those already decontaminated (as of March 31, 2012)
|Type of waste||Registered with JESCO||Already decontaminated|
|Transformers, capacitors, etc||2,281 devices||1,508 devices|
|PCB and PCB-containing oil||about 4,700 kg||-|
- *1 Japan Environmental Safety Corporation (company engaged in PCB waste treatment).
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