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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection changes rules for oil and gas sludge at landfills


A change in the rules for landfills accepting fracking fluid sludges could mean higher prices for disposal, and more oil and gas waste going out of state. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, concerned that concentrated frack fluid waste wasn’t being adequately diluted at state landfills over the past several years, instituted a new policy starting Jan. 1. Annual limits ...

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Landfill drops request for tenfold radiation increase

A Wayne County hazardous waste landfill, under scrutiny for taking other state’s low-activity radioactive wastes from oil and gas fracking, has withdrawn a request to state regulators to increase its allowed radiation limits tenfold. Wayne Disposal Inc., operated by USEcology in Van Buren Township, made the decision as Gov. Rick Snyder has convened a special panel looking at the state’s ...

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DOE will provide WIPP update next week


Zack Ponce | Carlsbad Current-Argus (Carlsbad, N.M.) CARLSBAD — It appears the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is far from reopening, and the latest update of recovery operations will be presented during a state legislative meeting next week. Dana Bryson, the U.S. Department of Energy Carlsbad Field Office deputy manager, will present the latest status report of underground cleanup at WIPP 10:30 ...

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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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[TEXAS VIEW]: Radioactive West Texas

Associated Press | Appeared in The Odessa American The nuclear waste disposal site operated by Waste Control Specialists in West Texas is steadily morphing away from its original mission as a depository for very limited quantities of low-level radioactive items from Texas and Vermont. Today, the site is taking on much greater quantities and higher levels of radioactive waste from ...

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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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New Mexico: 500 barrels of questionable nuke waste packed with kitty litter

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Jeri Clausing | Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico environment officials say more than 500 barrels of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory were packed with the kitty litter suspected of causing a chemical reaction and radiation release at the government’s underground nuclear waste dump. Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn Tuesday gave the U.S. Department of Energy and the ...

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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 ...

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