STP703

    The Oily Debris Disposal Problem in Maine

    Published: Jan 1980


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    Abstract

    This paper examines the problems of oil spill debris disposal encountered in the State of Maine. As well documented in many other states, the final disposition of oil spill debris is not an easy task. In Maine, this problem is compounded by geological, hydrological, and seasonal variations. To make matters even more difficult, recent contamination of groundwaters in several towns has caused the general public to view oil spill debris disposal sites in a negative light.

    This paper addresses the aforementioned conditions and the problems they cause in finding an acceptable oily waste disposal site. These objectives are to be accomplished by: (a) discussing the physical and sociological problems encountered in attempting to create an acceptable disposal site which will not endanger the environment, (b) discussing the historic and present methods of disposal, and (c) discussing proposed plans for future disposal sites, including an examination of several present day disposal methods and how it is believed they might work in Maine.

    This paper has been written in order to give an objective view of the problems of disposal site location encountered in Maine. It is hoped that other states, with similar problems, may gain insight from it.

    Keywords:

    state of Maine, Maine Coastal Conveyance Act, Maine Coastal Protection Fund, Casco Bay, oil spill debris disposal, oil spills, Tamano, oil spill debris disposal problems, public attitude and disposal, stockpiling of oily wastes, liners, landfilling, land cultivation, burial of oily debris, oils, disposal


    Author Information:

    Aho, H
    Environmental service specialist II, and director of the Division of Oil Conveyance Services, Maine State Department of Environmental Protection, Augusta, Me.

    Guerin, M
    Environmental service specialist II, and director of the Division of Oil Conveyance Services, Maine State Department of Environmental Protection, Augusta, Me.


    Paper ID: STP27155S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F20.14

    DOI: 10.1520/STP27155S


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