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TENORM rules: The right step forward for North Dakota regulators

North Dakota regulators have taken a big step forward this year by proposing regulations for the management of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material, commonly referred to as TENORM.  TENORM is a concentrated form of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) and results when low-level radioactive elements are produced with fluids from the wellbore and accumulate as the result of filtration, ...

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Railroad Commission cracks down on disposal wells, adopts new regulations

Earthquakes in North Texas have begun to shake up Texas regulators. According to Jim Malewitz for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Texas Railroad Commission adopted new, tighter regulations for wells used to dispose of oilfield waste. Recent studies have connected waste disposal to earthquakes with epicenters near the disposal sites. The vote to adopt the new rules was unanimous amongst ...

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Marcellus shale boom lifts Civil & Environmental Consultants of Robinson

The engineers, scientists and technicians at Civil & Environmental Consultants don’t actually drill for natural gas. But the shale boom has matched perfectly with the Robinson firm’s focus. “The interesting thing about the gas industry is there are very few markets like it that take advantage of every one of our practice areas,” said Dustin Kuhlman, a vice president at ...

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Small-town residents brace for environmental battle

Sara Sneath | The Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Texas) NORDHEIM — Two white signs with black lettering that read “Don’t dump on Nordheim” are stuck in a fence along Hohn Road in front of Kevin Styra’s home. In black magic marker, Styra added, “You might win this war, but we’ll win the eternal one,” on the corner of one sign. Directly across ...

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LANL waste contractor denies cat litter role in WIPP radiation leak

Mark Oswald | the Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, N.M.) SANTA FE — An operations manager for EnergySolutions, which packages waste at Los Alamos National Laboratory, says his company believes nothing it added to waste drums caused a radioactive leak that shut down the nation’s main nuclear waste disposal plant. “We followed the procedures that were provided to us, and I think LANL ...

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WIPP probe: Emails raise new questions

By Lauren Villagran, Journal Staff Writer – Las Cruces Bureau The chemical reaction that shut down the nation’s main nuclear waste disposal plant may have been caused by allowing materials, which most chemists know are not compatible, to be mixed. The New Mexico Environment Department has made public online internal Los Alamos National Laboratory emails showing Los Alamos approved products ...

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Local authorities with concern for water supply eye opposition to McMullen County waste disposal site

Kirsten Crow for Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Texas CORPUS CHRISTI — An application for a proposed commercial landfill that officials say would accept oil and gas waste in McMullen County is drawing concern from local authorities who worry that the facility’s location could potentially pose a threat to the Coastal Bend’s water supply. The proposed facility would accept crude oil and ...

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Udall: WIPP investigation reports “very troubling”

Zack Ponce for Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M. CARLSBAD — Sen. Tom Udall says recent investigation reports into accidents at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are “very troubling.” A Department of Energy Accident Investigation Board blamed the Feb. 5 underground vehicle fire and subsequent Feb. 14 radiation leak on a lack of oversight and erosion of safety culture by all parties involved ...

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Amite County hesitates over landfill for oil waste


LIBERTY, Miss. (AP) — Amite County supervisors are hesitating over a plan to allow a landfill to bury oilfield waste and inject brine wastewater underground. Supervisor Max Lawson wants to amend the county solid waste plan for the landfill proposed in February. It also would include an oil recycling plant. However, the other four supervisors told The McComb Enterprise-Journal that they ...

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