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Keystone Sanitary expansion approved

Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media

A Lackawanna County, Pa. landfill has been approved to expand its shale waste disposal service.

As reported by the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, the Keystone Sanitary Landfill has been cleared by the Department of Environmental protection to process fracking wastewater. The landfill previously gained approval to store solid waste known as drill cuttings in 2011.

Frack water will be separated into its solid and liquid components onsite. The liquid waste will be returned to drilling companies for reuse, while the solid waste will be mixed with an encasing material – usually cement – to suppress its radioactivity and deposited in the landfill.

Keystone will be limited to four 21,000-gallon separation tanks and one 1,000-gallon storage tank worth of liquid onsite at any time. It will also retain its 2,000-ton daily limit on solid waste deposits.

Oh, and don’t let the name fool you – this landfill has nothing to do with the hotly debated Keystone pipeline expansion.

The Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader has the story: Keystone landfill now allowed to receive waste fracking fluid

Related: States pass the buck on radioactive waste disposal

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