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EPA issues directive to BP on oil waste disposal

WASHINGTON, DC (WLOX) - Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreement, issued a directive to BP on how the company should manage recovered oil, contaminated materials and liquid and solid wastes recovered in cleanup operations from the BP oil spill.

The individual states are overseeing and inspecting BP's waste management activities. Thursday's action is meant to compliment their activities by providing further oversight and imposing more specific requirements.

Under the directive, EPA, in addition to sampling already being done by BP, will begin sampling the waste to help verify that the waste is being properly managed. Waste sampling to date has been done in compliance with EPA and state regulatory requirements.

The directive will do the following:

  • Provide guidelines for community engagement activities and set transparency requirements on information regarding the proper management of liquid and solid wastes.
  • Require BP to give EPA and state agencies access to facilities or any location where waste is temporarily or permanently stored. Access includes allowing the agencies to perform any activities necessary, such as assessments, sampling or inspections.
  • Require BP to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and to ensure that all facilities where waste is located or placed have obtained all permits and approvals necessary under such laws and regulations.
  • Finally, the directive will require BP to submit to EPA and the Coast Guard specific plans, waste reports and tracking systems for liquid and solid waste.

In addition to the directive, the Coast Guard, with the agreement of EPA and in consultation with the states, developed waste management plans outlining how recovered oil and waste generated as a result of the BP oil spill will be managed.

EPA has posted to its Web site the latest versions of these waste management plans for Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana that will be implemented under the directive.

More information on the waste management plans, visit http://epa.gov/bpspill/waste.html

More information on the directive, visit http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/waste.html#directive

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