Posted: Aug 25, 2010 8:11 AM by Cecilia Stevenson
Updated: Aug 25, 2010 8:18 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The cleanup of history's worst peacetime oil
spill is generating thousands of tons of oil-soaked debris that is
ending up in local landfills, some of which have existing
The soft, absorbent boom that has played the biggest role in
containing the spill alone would measure more than twice the length
of California's coastline, or about 2,000 miles.
EPA officials say the sites meet federal regulations, are
equipped to handle the influx of waste and are being monitored
closely, although three sites have state environmental issues.
State records show two in Alabama are under investigation and one
in Louisiana was cited in May for polluting nearby waters.
Some residents and experts question the wisdom of adding
crude-covered refuse to dumps, since it could take years for
potential problems to surface.