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New year brings changes in North Dakota oilfield waste rules

This handout photo from the Three Affiliated Tribes shows radioactive filters illegally dumped on the Fort Berthold reservation.

BISMARCK, N.D. — The new year comes with a new rule in North Dakota that allows elevated levels of oilfield radioactive waste to be disposed of at some landfills, a move regulators and industry officials believe will help curb illegal dumping. Environmental groups aren’t convinced and have threatened lawsuits over the new rule that takes effect Friday, saying the public ...

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Radioactive waste landfills becoming contentious issue

BISMARCK, N.D. — A special waste landfill in far western North Dakota will seek to dispose of radioactive waste, if it becomes legal. Charles Slaughter, of Canada-based Gibson Energy, said his company plans to step up at its WISCO landfill west of Williston about 1 mile from the Montana line, The Bismarck Tribune reported. “We will modify our permit to ...

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ND officials investigating improper disposal of oilfield waste

The North Dakota Department of Natural Resources is in the process of investigating approximately 100 filter socks that were improperly disposed of in Williston, reports the Forum News Service (FNS). Clean-up of the site is expected to begin today. The scene was discovered by a citizen who alerted state authorities earlier this week. Used filter socks are a waste product ...

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DRC and Health Dept. disagree on TENORM

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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 ...

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ND proposes changes in oilfield waste rules

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BISMARCK, N.D.— Oil companies may be allowed to dispose of radioactive oilfield waste at some North Dakota landfills instead of hauling it out of state under new rules proposed by the state Health Department. State regulators said the proposed rules that were publicly announced Friday will help track oilfield waste and come in response to the growing number of illegally ...

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Helms Briefs Leaders on Oil Activity Forecast

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ND DMR Press Release WILLISTON- Lynn Helms, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, today updated County Commissioners, auditors and other state and local officials on his oil activity forecast during his annual address to the North Dakota Association of Oil and Gas Producing Counties (NDAOGPC). “Visiting with the NDAOGPC is one of the most important talks I give ...

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ND environmental groups request release of preliminary waste report

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media In response to radioactive waste found illegally dumped in isolated areas of North Dakota, two environmental groups are requesting the immediate release of a preliminary draft of a study regarding the safety and handling of radioactive waste, according to a recent report by the Forum News Service. The groups, Dakota Resource Council and the ...

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Letter to the editor: Media should report both sides on TENORM disposal

By Laura Erickson from Williston, N.D. Printed in the Jamestown Sun Incidents regarding technologically-enhanced, naturally-occurring radioactive materials (TENORM) have generated a fair amount of concern among western North Dakota’s citizens and local officials. Media have reported on several businesses haphazardly discarding TENORM waste, blatantly violating North Dakota solid waste disposal regulations. These incidents have been sensationalized by some reports and letters, creating ...

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