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

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Directive tells BP how to handle recovered oil, contaminated materials from Gulf
  • BP is required to give the EPA and state agencies access to any waste storage site
  • EPA will sample waste to make sure it is being correctly managed, Coast Guard says

(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.