The decision to close the Renewable Resources waste treating facility came down to a number of factors.
The company violated a number of state rules over the years, from unreported spills to storing more waste than permitted, according to the state health department.
“We’ve given them lots of chances to work on correcting all of these problems. They’ve got some things taken care of to their credit, however not everything has been,” Radig said.
Renewable Resources, took waste from the Bakken oil fields and recycled it into usable material.
But, Radig says the amount of waste that was coming in didn’t match the amount that should’ve went out.
“It didn’t work out as well as they had hoped.”
The health department did approve the company for a permit in 2012. It came up for renewal in the fall, but recent changes to state regulations required Renewable resources to get a treating plant permit from the state industrial commission.
Renewable Resources CEO Shawn Kluver believes the violations were minor and says they worked hard to meet the state’s conditions, which makes it harder to understand why they’re closing.
“We’ve been inspected weekly over the past three months, every week there’s always been an improvement. We’ve continued to work forward satisfying them,” Kluver said.
The state commission does not allow for waste treating plants to be over an aquifer. Kluver says the facility had no impact on the Killdeer drinking supply.
“We’ve always took every measure to protect the aquifer,” Kluver said.
Before the facility must shutdown, the company has to dispose the waste at an approved special waste landfill