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Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <ajs@sagady.com>
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FOLKS OUGHT TO PAY ATTENTION TO THIS!!   EXEMPTION
OF OIL DRILLING WASTES FROM SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY.

THIS MEANS CONTINUANCE OF HAVING WELL-HEAD LANDFILLS
FOR OIL DRILLING WASTES....OUT OF CONTROL OF SOLID
WASTE STATUTES.

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THE OIL INDUSTRY HAS FOR YEARS
EXEMPTED ITSELF FROM ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS.

...SAME THING GOES ON FOR CERTAIN REFINERY WASTES.

WASTE MANAGEMENT DIVISION
Statewide
GENERAL PERMIT EXEMPTION FOR SPENT DRILLING FLUIDS. The Michigan Department 
of Environmental Quality (Department) proposes to issue a general exemption 
for certain materials used in the completion or decommissioning of 
boreholes or wells. These materials include drilling fluids, grouts, and 
casing sealing material (e.g., cement, bentonite). The general exemption 
will apply either at the point of generation or an off-site location if the 
requirements of Part 31, Water Resources Protection, Part 115, Solid Waste 
Management, and Part 121, Liquid Industrial Wastes (if applicable) of the 
Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as 
amended, are met. Prior to 1993 general exemptions were issued by the Water 
Resources Commission pursuant to R 323.2209 (2) of the Part 22 Ground Water 
Quality Rules, adopted August 29, 1980. The Part 22 Rules have been amended 
and revised effective August 26, 1999. This general exemption will be the 
first using R 323.2210 (y) of the new rules as a basis. In addition to 
comments concerning this general exemption, the Department also encourages 
comments regarding the process being proposed. A final decision is expected 
by January 30, 2002. Information Contact and Decision-maker: Lonnie C. Lee, 
Waste Management Division, 517-373-4735, or E-mail at leelc@michigan.gov.




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