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Montana DEQ orders company to cease operations

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP)— The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has ordered a trucking company to cease operations in the eastern part of the state.

DEQ officials said Dual Trucking and Transport, of Houma, La., has been accumulating mildly radioactive Bakken oil production waste at a landfill near Bainville without a permit.

The waste site is a couple hundred yards upwind from a housing development in a sandy-soiled region where the water table is high enough to produce wetlands.

Dual did not respond to questions about the closure.

Dual informed DEQ that the waste would be moved to Canada, but did not indicate where.

The DEQ action comes amid rising reports of illegally disposed Bakken oil field waste in western North Dakota.

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