Hundreds of feet of yellow containment boom are in place at Mexico Beach, Fla., one of 17 staging areas along the Gulf of Mexico’s U.S. coastline where officials are preparing for possible oil contamination.
BP has hired hundreds of workers over the past two months to keep oil off Alabama's beaches and coast lines.
But what happens to the collected oil and contaminant-soaked cotton booms?
So far, it's all been trucked off to a Mobile area landfill.
There are 20 tons of gooey tar balls and other debris dumped daily in the landfill. The landfill has been approved by the EPA and Alabama's Department of Environmental Management to handle the latest debris.
Rene Faucheau, a Landfill Operator, said, "It must be solid waste and this material that we're bringing in from the oil spill is solid waste material."
Mark Noel, another Landfill Operator said, "These facilities are built with a lot of engineering controls and environmental monitoring controls from liquids collection in the bottom of these cells. The liner systems that are constructed within these line cells."
Other landfills spread out across Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi coastal regions will also handle disposing the solid oil waste in the months and years to come.
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