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He noted that the bagged waste was going in with the regular household waste. Workers also prepared a site for bulk loads of contaminated sand, Ransom said.
He said that bulk sand would be kept separate, "stockpiled on top of a lined cell."
"We are hoping we can remediate it later," Ransom said.
But a representative at the oil spill Joint Information Center in Mobile said Friday that the waste was being sent strictly to landfills capable of reprocessing the oil. The representative gave only his first name, Chris.
Exempt E&P Wastes
Drilling fluids and cuttings from offshore operations disposed of onshore
Geothermal production fluids
Hydrogen sulfide abatement wastes from geothermal energy production
Well completion, treatment, and stimulation fluids
Basic sediment, water, and other tank bottoms from storage facilities that hold product and exempt waste
Accumulated materials such as hydrocarbons, solids, sands, and emulsion from production separators, fluid treating vessels, and production impoundments
Pit sludges and contaminated bottoms from storage or disposal of exempt wastes
Gas plant dehydration wastes, including glycol-based compounds, glycol filters, and filter media, backwash, and molecular sieves
Cooling tower blowdown
Gas plant sweetening wastes for sulfur removal, including amines, amine filters, amine filter media, backwash, precipitated amine sludge, iron sponge, and hydrogen sulfide scrubber liquid and sludge
Spent filters, filter media, and backwash (assuming the filter itself is not hazardous and the residue in it is from an exempt waste stream)
Pipe scale, hydrocarbon solids, hydrates, and other deposits removed from piping and equipment prior to transportation
Pigging wastes from gathering lines
Wastes from subsurface gas storage and retrieval, except for the non-exempt wastes listed on page 11
Constituents removed from produced water before it is injected or otherwise disposed of
Liquid hydrocarbons removed from the production stream but not from oil refining
Gases from the production stream, such as hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide, and volatilized hydrocarbons
Materials ejected from a producing well during blowdown
Waste crude oil from primary field operations
Light organics volatilized from exempt wastes in reserve pits, impoundments, or production equipment