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When US EPA introduced the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the hazardous waste management standards included
reduced requirements for some large-volume wastes. After studying the hazards of wastes in oil and gas exploration and production
(E&P) operations, as directed by the US Congress, EPA determined regulation of these wastes under RCRA was not warranted. Therefore,
many oil and gas E&P wastes are excluded from the RCRA Subtitle C hazardous waste management standards.