Radioactive waste found in oil field waste landfill near Alexander


An oil field waste landfill that withdrew its application to handle radioactive waste was found earlier this year to have tons of illegal radioactive material at its site near Alexander.
The state Health Department ordered IHD Solids Management to remove nearly 950 tons of radioactive waste after inspections in May and June.

Waste Management Division Assistant Director Steve Tillotson says he doesn’t think IHD knowingly accepted the illegal material. The company won’t be fined.
Two other oil field waste companies also were found to have illegal materials on site, though in much smaller quantities.
All three operators have changed practices to prevent similar occurrences.
The situation came to light when the Health Department tested all 12 oil field waste landfills.

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