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Old 07-16-2015, 11:15 PM   #1
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Question Hazmat Cleanup

I was reading the posts to the thread " Hey brother-in-law, can I borrow the rig for a couple of weeks next month?" and near the end Hazmat Cleanup was mentioned as one of the perils that could befall an uneducated operator.
The only thing comes to my mind would be black, and possibly gray water on the ground. Never thought of it being a hazmat issue but I guess if it were released 'on the ground', especially around the pad it would be a mess to clean up, but I wouldn't think of hazmat. Might also depend on your location.

When I think hazmat I think of diesel fuel, oils, etc. Should I include water as well? What say you?

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Black tank spill is considered a hazardous waste and in some areas so is grey water. OR considers ANYTHING leaking from an RV as hazardous, even fresh water since you can't easily tell what the leak is from.

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There are various types of Hazardous Waste. I work for a restoration contractor.
Sewage would fall under the category of a Bio Hazard as theoretically, it is comprised of body fluids. If the spillage came from your own system and you are healthy and without any disease, other than a bacterial spill, it is not as harmful as a sewage spill from someone with Hepititus C.
Typical cleanup where we're from would entail removal of the top 4 or 5 inches of soil, spread out a layer of lime, turn over the remaining soil several times and then replace the removed soil. I suspect in the States, the EPA would likely have an environmentalist involved with testing procedures for fecal matter. The soil would have to be removed to a point where all traces of contamination have been removed and hauled to a recommended facility.
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