Feds lean on BP over trash disposal
The Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency are tightening up their oversight of BP and its contractors cleaning up the mess on the oily Gulf Coast.
The agencies sent a letter to BP PLC on Thursday setting new requirements on how the company should test, manage and dispose of waste from the worst oil spill the Gulf has ever seen.
BP has hired contractors to haul away thousands of tons of oily refuse from the coast. A spot check by The Associated Press last week found the handling and disposal of oily materials in some
areas was haphazard at best.
An EPA spokeswoman says the new rules will make the waste plan enforceable and add transparency requirements on how BP is managing the waste. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.