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EPA's Program for Previous HitManagementNext Hit of Crude Oil and Natural Gas Exploration, Development, and Production Wastes

ROBINSON, BONNIE B., Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC

In 1980, the U.S. Congress exempted certain oil and gas wastes from the hazardous Previous HitwasteNext Hit requirements of Subtitle C of the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The scope of the exemption was defined to include "drilling fluids, produced waters, and other wastes associated with the exploration, development, or production of crude oil or natural gas." The scope of the exemption will be explained in greater detail.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed a Report to Congress in 1987, based on Previous HitwasteNext Hit sampling, risk modeling, damage case assessment, and cost estimates. In 1988, the EPA made a Regulatory

Determination finding that application of Subtitle C to oil and gas wastes was not warranted.

The EPA is developing national program goals for improved Previous HitmanagementNext Hit of oil and gas exploration and production wastes. A review of past, current, and future program development activities, including nonregulatory activities, will be presented.

One of the EPA's major program goals is to aid voluntary efforts to improve Previous HitwasteNext Hit Previous HitmanagementNext Hit practices and state regulatory programs. A consensus-building approach, with representatives from the federal government, state oil and gas regulatory agencies, and industry and public interest organizations, is the key to quickly and effectively improving Previous HitwasteNext Hit Previous HitmanagementTop practices.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #91005 © 1991 Eastern Section Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 8-10, 1991 (2009)