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Health Department Meets With Environmental Groups


The oil boom continues to strengthen North Dakota's economy but it's also causing some concerns when it comes to naturally occurring radioactive waste.

This afternoon Environmental Groups met with the State Health Department to discuss some of the issues people are experiencing in the state.

One landowner spoke about how gas gets into her house since two oil wells were put on land near her home.

"I have to check the wind everyday to determine what I'm going to be able to do, if I can have my windows open today I have to know, because I don't know what's coming into my house," Brenda said.

Another issue discussed was waste being thrown in ditches.

These are photos of oil field waste taken by Darrell Dorgan in western North Dakota.

Filter socks and other oil field waste can be seen in these pictures.

The State Health Department will be doing a study to look into some of the problems naturally occurring waste is creating in North Dakota.

"We're going to look at what is the risk if it's just sitting there in the ditch, what's the risk to the public what's the risk if we put it into a landfill of a certain design, the municipal landfill is designed different than our oil field landfills," David Glatt said.

Glatt says the legislature provided eight new positions to the State Health Department to help track radioactive waste.

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