July 1st, 2010
08:26 PM ET
8 years ago

Coast Guard, EPA tell BP how to handle waste from Gulf spill

(CNN) - The U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency have issued a directive to BP on how the company should manage recovered oil, contaminated materials and waste recovered in cleanup operations from the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Among other requirements, the directive requires the oil giant to give the EPA and state agencies access to any waste storage site and to provide specific plans, waste reports and tracking systems for liquid and solid waste.

"While the states of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida are overseeing BP's waste management activities and conducting inspections, this action today is meant to compliment their activities by providing further oversight and imposing more specific requirements," the Coast Guard said on Thursday. "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 Coast Guard said.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. southern cousin

    73 days in and they are finally doing that? That is as stupid as that inept, corrupt, union toady president they represent finally deciding to stand up to the unions and accept foreign help. Of course it is too late to save anything.

    July 1, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. thor

    I hope the EPA is being required to set up a fund to help people with their medical bills because the allowed BP to dump millions of gallons of toxic chemicals into the Gulf waters without any idea of what effect this would have on the workers or the wildlife. their actions also made it harder for the oil to be cleaned up because a lot of oil stayed below the surface out of sight.Just a pitiful performance by an agency that was supposede to protect us.

    July 1, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    Government bureacracy will only make this mess worse. When will the people in Washungton get a clue? Are they ALL morons?

    July 1, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. Bill

    Wish the Coast Guard, EPA and other federal agencies were doing more to clean up the oil than worrying about counting spilled oil in storage sites.

    July 1, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  5. Frank in valparaiso indiana

    What about mammal and bird carcasses? That is a finable offense under FWS and the Migratory Bird Treaty.

    July 1, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. MAC

    I trust thw Coast Guards motivation, but the EPA's motivation is not trustworthy since they are pushing the liberal agenda of enviromental extremism as seen in their making policy on CAFE Standards since Congress will not, since they are listening to the American People, at least on this issue.

    July 1, 2010 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  7. BJ

    Finally! I know it takes time and despite what others think about our President i know he has been busy since day one. It is too bad that the Governor of Louisiana only trashes Obama and Washington. He has not said one word against BP. I wonder why.

    Since the crooked oil money judge ruled against the White House, what happens if another rig has a leak? What will all of the idiots that wanted the deep drilling to continue going to cry about then?

    July 1, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  8. vwrtb

    The government should not be telling a private business what to do... Eh republicans?

    July 1, 2010 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  9. BeverlyNC

    And do you really think BP is going to do as they are told?? That's a joke. BP has done nothing but lie, mislead, hide data, threaten local residents not to tell what they know if they want to keep their clean up jobs, and play games to slow down the clean up.

    The more oil they can hide, the less in fines they have to pay. They are doing exactly what Exxon did to the people of Alaska with the Valdese spill. Just like Exxon, they are lying, they are not paying the people whose lives they have destroyed, they are using toxic chemicals for the cleanup that are killing the shrimp and oyster grounds and are causing chemical poisioning of the workers. In Alaska many local workers died from cancer or have severe neurologic diseases. Exxon refuses to pay or acknowledge their chemicals caused it. It took Exxon 20 yrs to clean up 11M gallons of oil. BP has spilled nearly 60M gallons, so are the Gulf residents looking at 60 years before they Gulf is liveable again????

    And guess who deregulated the oil industry so they could do as they pleased and not follow any of the regulations?? – the Republicans.

    Is there anything in America the Republicans have not destroyed??

    July 2, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |