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BP Exploration Alaska Prudhoe Bay Hazardous Waste Permit

Public Comment Information

Comments Due: September 14, 2009

Public Hearing Requests Due: August 12, 2009

Please send comments/requests to:
Robbie Hedeen
U.S. EPA Region 10
1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900
Mail Stop: AWT-121
Seattle, Washington 98101

Related Files and Reports

Standardized Permit Documents:

Corrective Action Cleanup Documents:

Public Notice and Comment Period: July 30 to September 14, 2009

We are holding a 45-day public comment period for a Draft Standardized Hazardous Waste Storage Permit for the BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc. (BPXA) Prudhoe Bay facility. The proposed permit allows BPXA to store hazardous waste in containers at their Prudhoe Bay facility. This will result in minimal changes to ongoing hazardous waste activities at BPXA’s Prudhoe Bay facility. Comments should include all references, facts and supporting material. Please send written comments by September 14, 2009 to:

Robbie Hedeen
U.S. EPA Region 10
1200 S.W. Sixth Avenue, Suite 900, AWT-121
Seattle, Washington 98101

You can also view a copy of the draft permit Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the following locations:
U.S. EPA Alaska Operations Office
Federal Building, Room 537
222 W. 7th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 95513
U.S. EPA Region 10
10th Floor Library
1200 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101
Public Hearing

We will hold a public hearing only if significant written notices of opposition to the proposed action and sufficient requests for a public hearing are received. If you wish to request a public hearing, send a written request by August 12, 2009, to Robbie Hedeen (hedeen.robbie@epa.gov). Whether or not a hearing is held, all written comments postmarked on or before September 14, 2009 will be considered in reaching a final decision.

If you have not requested a hearing, but wish to find out if a hearing will take place, please call Robbie Hedeen at 1-800-424-4372, extension 0201.

Background Information

BPXA Prudhoe Bay is a hazardous waste facility on the North Slope of Alaska. BPXA generates and stores wastes related to oil and gas production. Before shipment offsite, these wastes are placed in 55-gallon drums and stored at the Hazardous Waste Storage Unit. This storage unit is located on the Base Operations Camp pad in the Western Operating Area of Pruhdoe Bay. BPXA reports indicate that there have been no known releases of hazardous waste at or from the storage unit.

Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), facilities that store hazardous waste for more than 30 days must have a RCRA storage permit. BPXA’s hazardous waste storage has been managed under the “interim status” provisions of RCRA since 1980. “Interim status” regulations apply to those facilities that have applied for, but have not yet received (through no fault of their own), a permit. BPXA submitted an application for the newly available standardized permit for hazardous waste storage in July 2009.

RCRA Standardized Permit

Permit conditions under the RCRA standardized permit rule are largely prescribed. They are very similar to the “interim status” regulations. Changes to current facility operations resulting from issuance of the draft standardized permit to BPXA/Prudhoe Bay will be:

1) BP will no longer be able to accept waste from off site, and
2) To minimize the potential for releases to the environment, the permit will require secondary containment during loading and unloading of hazardous waste at the storage unit. (BP currently does this voluntarily, but it is not required under “interim status” regulations.)

Standardized Permit Documents:

RCRA Corrective Action

BPXA’s Draft Standardized RCRA Storage Permit includes one section with site-specific conditions. These conditions include clean up (or “corrective action”) requirements for releases of hazardous waste. BPXA signed a RCRA Administrative Order on Consent on October 3, 2007. The 2007 Order will constitute the corrective action requirements of the RCRA Standardized Storage Permit and will be incorporated by reference into the Permit.

Corrective Action Reports and Files:

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URL: https://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/OWCM.NSF/permits/PrudhoeRCRA

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