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Associated Press, Published November 14 2013

ND may allow more radioactive waste in landfills

BISMARCK — North Dakota health regulators are studying whether to allow higher levels of radioactive waste from the oil patch in landfills.

Thousands of tons are created every year. The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/I1JVEK ) the Health Department approved a $180,000 risk assessment study that could allow more of it to be buried in the state.

Scott Radig with the department says radioactive waste above 5 picocuries per gram can't be disposed of in any landfill in the state, so oil field operators truck it to landfills in Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Montana.

He says those states allow from 30 to 400 picocuries, a measurement of radioactivity.

Radig says the study by Illinois-based Argonne National Laboratories and approval of any new rules would take at least a year.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com


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