The project is being implemented to assist Nigeria to implement a sound management system for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) and other Persistent Organic Pollutants. As part of this project the Federal Government of Nigeria will upgrade the regulatory regulations to identify, use, manage and properly decontaminate or dispose PCB contaminated equipment still in use or as waste. Additionally, the project will also establish three collection centres where PCB wastes from surrounding areas will be collected and prepared for subsequent decontamination or disposal.
The overall goal of this project is to minimize the risks of exposure of Nigerians and the environment to PCBs, particularly for vulnerable populations, while facilitating the country’s commitments to the Stockholm Convention.
The project structure is designed to ensure that this overall goal is achieved through creation of an enabling environment for decommissioning and destruction of Nigeria’s estimated inventory of over 7,000 tons of PCB-related wastes.
The project intends to decontaminate 1500 metric tons of PCB-contaminated electrical equipment and to dispose of 200 metric tons of pure PCB from transformers and capacitors.