The discovery of hazardous waste mixed in with used motor oil at a disposal site in Farmland has local officials urging people to be cautious about what they dispose of at the site.
According to Loretta Perry, Farmland clerk treasurer, the town twice in recent weeks was notified that PCBs had been discovered in motor oil that had been dumped in a disposal bin set up specifically for residents to dispose of any unneeded motor oil.
The site, located on the property of Farmland Auto Parts at 203 W. Jackson St., Farmland, also has bins where old antifreeze can be disposed of.
Perry said the town does not charge anyone for the disposal of the motor oil or antifreeze, and that the site was open 24 hours a day to whoever needed it.
"It's a service we provide," Perry said. "It's to protect the environment."
Prior to a 1979 production ban in the United States, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) were widely used as dielectric and coolant fluids in electrical apparatus, cutting fluids for machining operations, carbonless copy paper and in heat transfer fluids.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PCBs cause cancer in animals and are probable human carcinogens.