Standard Guide for In-Situ Burning of Oil Spills in Marshes
4.1 This guide is meant to aid spill response teams during planning, training, exercising, spill response, and remediation.
4.2 In the marsh environment, removal of the oil by in-situ burning may be the only method available to responders. The soft, soggy soil and presence of water and the potential for ecological damage may inhibit the deployment of conventional oil recovery equipment and personnel, while the shallow water may not allow the deployment and operation of skimmers, booms, and storage devices.
1.1 This guide addresses in-situ burning as a response tool for oil spills that occur in marshes.
1.2 In-situ burning, mechanical recovery, treating agent application, and natural recovery are the usual options available to an on-scene coordinator for the control and cleanup of spilled oil.
1.3 The purpose of this guide is to provide the user with general information on in-situ burning in marshes as a means of controlling and removing spilled oil.
1.4 This guide outlines considerations that can be used to conduct an in-situ burn in marshes.
1.5 In making in-situ burn decisions, appropriate government authorities should be consulted.
Note 1: This guide does not supersede local regulations.
1.6 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses after SI units are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.8 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
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