In light of the recent proposed re-evaluation of North Dakota’s waste disposal policies, the Dakota Resource Council (DRC) has requested that the Department of Health further examine the effects that radioactive waste in the state’s landfills would have on citizens. The Department of Health recently proposed a set of rules that would allow oilfield waste landfills in North Dakota that takes radioactive waste up to 50 picocuries per gram. Currently the limit is 5 picocuries. Today the Dickinson Press reported that the Health Department has denied the Dakota Resource Councils request to further study and further discuss the new rules. Their proposal would schedule six public meetings across the areas affected to discuss radioactive waste disposal.
There are currently already three public discussions in place to discuss waste disposal in the state on Jan 13. in Williston, Jan. 14 in Bismarck and Jan. 15 in Fargo. The DRC believes that meetings should also be held in Dickinson, Grand Forks, Minot, New Town, Noonan and Watford City. The North Dakota Department of Health’s head of the environmental health sector stated on the matter, “North Dakota’s been in the oil business for 60-plus years, and it really hasn’t been an issue prior to this.”