Exemption of Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Wastes from Federal Hazardous Waste Regulations


This publication provides and understanding of the exemption of certain oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) wastes from regulation as hazardous wastes under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The information contained within this booklet is intended to furnish the reader with: A basic background on the E&P exemption; Basic rules for determining the exempt or non-exempt status of wastes; Examples of exempt and non-exempt wastes; Status of E&P waste mixtures; Clarifications of several misunderstandings about the exemption.


40 pages; available for download at the link below.


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