The transformers

  • Javier Ernesto Caicedo Cuadros Universidad Icesi, Cali
  • Carlos Dick Martínez Ortiz Universidad Icesi, Cali
  • Jenny Patricia Torres Olaya Universidad Icesi, Cali
  • Edgar Hernán Vinasco Iglesias Universidad Icesi, Cali
  • Andrés López Astudillo Universidad Icesi, Cali
  • Sory Carola Torres Quintero Universidad Icesi, Cali
Keywords: Environmental management system, environmental strategy, PCB, environmental legal system, environmental impact, ISO 14001.

Abstract

A large industrial company routed to achieve theenvironmental management certification (ISO14001) got affected the process by the findinga Tree –about to collapse– in a communitypark adjacent to its facilities. The study ofthe situation determines the presence of twotransformers, stored in the firm maintenance area.An examination of its level of polychlorinatedbiphenyls (PCBs) shows that 13 gallons havebeen leaked, contaminating soil and likely tohave reached the sewer system of the city. Thecommunity is alarmed, the media involved and thecompany must make improvement plans imposedby the environmental authority. Due to the fact,changes occur within the company and the levelof development, new projects and expansionplans abroad are suspended.

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Author Biographies

Javier Ernesto Caicedo Cuadros, Universidad Icesi, Cali
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Carlos Dick Martínez Ortiz, Universidad Icesi, Cali
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Jenny Patricia Torres Olaya, Universidad Icesi, Cali
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Edgar Hernán Vinasco Iglesias, Universidad Icesi, Cali
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Andrés López Astudillo, Universidad Icesi, Cali
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Sory Carola Torres Quintero, Universidad Icesi, Cali
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CEPAL. (2006). Cómo medir la responsabilidad ambiental de las empresas. Serie de Diálogos a Distancia , 1-3.

Ehretsmann, J. (2002). Transformadores y condensadores con PCB. Desde la gestión hasta la reclasificación y eliminación. Ginebra: Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA).

UNEP / Convenio de Basilea. (2003). Manual de capacitación para la preparación de un plan nacional de manejo ambientalmente adecuado de los bifenilos policlorados (PCB) y de equipos contaminados con PCB. (Vols. 2003-01). Châtelaine, Suiza: Serie del Convenio de Basilea.
Published
2011-07-13
Section
Case Report