Concerned about the possible effects to the environment and what measures the Agriculture Ministry is taking regarding the dumping of the Electricity Authority's (EAC) highly toxic askarel transformers, Greens MP George Perdikis had asked that parliament be informed on the matter.
Askarel transformers, also known as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) or transformers, were manufactured prior to 1977 and were deliberately insulated with PCBs as a dielectric.
In 1987, transformers containing a total of about 160 tonnes of askarel oil were due to be dismantled and disposed.
Here, we studied the acute effects of Askarel (which contains Aroclor 1260) and two substitute transformer fluids (the silicone oil-based DC561 and the mineral oil-based ENOL C) on rat testicular steroidogenesis.
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the acute in vivo and in vitro effects of Askarel, an Arodor 1260-based transformer fluid, and to compare it with the effects of two substitute fluids, the silicone oil-based DC561 and the mineral oil-based ENOL C.
Askarel (commercial name Pyralene) used in our experiments was supplied by M.
The options for askarel type equipment (filled with very high-level PCBs) include transformer replacement, multiple retrofill reclassification, and processor-based reclassification.
Motter and Batyko indicate two technologies are currently available to reclassify askarel transformers: first, series retrofill, and second the processor-based method.
Although the EPA banned further production and sale of PCB in 1979, approximately 200,000 transformers containing askarel - a generic name for PCB fluid - were already in use throughout the United States.
In addition to askarel units, an estimated 2 million mineral oil-filled transformers contain PCBs.
Le ministre a indique que le premier plan national de mise en œuvre de l'Algerie a permis l'elimination de 440.000 tonnes d'huiles a base d'askarels
, de 605.000 tonnes de terres et 34.000 tonnes de dechets contamine par les askarels
A Sidi Bel Abbes, fera-t-il observer, sont concentres les dechets provenant de l'ENIE, qui rejette annuellement pres de 72 tonnesde produits chimiques nocifs pour l'environnement, du complexe machinisme agricole, qui utilise 150 tonnes de cyanure, un produit dangereux, outre les dechets askarels
que rejette la Sonelgaz.