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Jay Almlie: Put science before emotion on the topic of NORM waste


By Jay Almlie Radioactive waste, NORM waste, “hot” filter socks, illegal dumping. Many attention-grabbing headlines have been written in the past year. What’s it all about? What do these headlines really mean to the public and the North Dakota landscape in which we take such pride? These are reasonable questions that demand solid answers. Unfortunately, the science behind the issues does ...

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What is NORM?


Naturally occurring radioactive material is present throughout the Earth’s crust and can be concentrated in the recovery of oil and gas. It’s also called technologically enhanced NORM, or TENORM. This material can be concentrated in oil production wastes such as sludge, drilling mud, used water filtration socks and pipe scale. It tends to be highest in water-handling equipment. Generally speaking, ...

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