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PCBs in State Purchased Products – Vehicle and Ferry Lubricants 2017

Publication number Date Published
23-03-006March 2023
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Author(s) Trumbull, K.
Description In 2017, the state Department of Ecology (Ecology) conducted a study to assess the levels of PCBs in products available from state contracts. Washington State law (RCW 39.26.280 and RCW 39.26.290) requires state agencies to limit the purchase of products and packaging containing PCBs. The state Department of Enterprise Services (DES) leads the implementation of the law. This study was carried out to assist state agencies in identifying where PCBs may be present in a subgroup of state purchased products from state contracts.

The study investigated the potential for PCBs to be present in some vehicle and ferry lubricants available from Washington state contracts. Ecology collected 11 vehicle lubricant samples currently in use by the City of Seattle and seven ferry lubricant samples currently for purchase from the contract vendor, Maxum Petroleum, at the time of this study in 2017. The 18 samples were analyzed for PCBs. These samples consisted of a variety of product types categorized as engine oil (diesel and gasoline), hydraulic oil, automotive gear oil, automatic transmission fluid, and grease.

All 18 lubricant samples tested had detectable levels of total PCBs. Total PCB concentrations ranged from 0.00580 J, as an estimate, to 14.0 J, as an estimate, part per billion (ppb) in the samples from a variety of lubricant types. Three of the 18 samples had total PCBs above 1 ppb.
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Keywords consumer products, product testing, toxics, toxic chemicals, PCBs, vehicle lubricants, ferry lubricants
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Addendum 1 to Quality Assurance Project Plan: Product Testing Version 1.0 — PCBs in State Purchased Products 2017

Addendum to Quality Assurance Project Plan: Product Testing Program, Version 1.0 — PCBs in State Purchased Products 2017