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Radioactive Waste

Radioactive Waste

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With the oil industry being a large part of North Dakota living, dumping the radioactive waste has become an issue.

Members of the newly formed Energy Industry Waste Coalition, or EIWC, met today to discuss the problem.

Recently, it has been discovered that attempts to dump radioactive oil waste in local landfills are being made in North Dakota.

The current law says waste must be shipped out of the state if it's above a certain level of radioactivity, and disposed of at approved sites.

ILLegal dump sites for these toxic chemicals have been found on the Fort Berthold reservation, and landfill employees near Williston discovered about 100 filter socks in the past week containing radioactive material.

Officials say the socks should have been transported but were hidden in a city garbage can.

(Darrell Dorgan, Member of EIWC) "People need to really be concerned about the dumping of radioactive waste in North Dakota. This isn't something that's just going to be dumped today and go away tomorrow. Once it's dumped, it stays here, and it's got a shelf life of 25,000 years. It's toxic, and highly dangerous. That's where cancers come from."

Members of the EIWC plan to meet with Health Department officials to provide input on oil industry proposals to change the current laws about dumping radioactive waste.

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