Colorado Landfills Contain Radioactive Substances From Oil Sector

23 Sep 2017   Shale Oil, USA

Landfills in Colorado have begun to fill their space with low-level radioactive substances from oil and gas activities, state health officials have said , according to the local news site the Daily Camera. After a series of meetings with local officials, state authorities have concluded that unknown amounts of radioactive material have been stored at landfills throughout the state. Local authorities are currently trying to prohibit the practice altogether by strengthening their oversight mechanisms. “There is some of it that is just going to solid waste landfills…It is probably, mostly, staying in state,” the state health agency’s director Gary Baughman said during the Wednesday meeting. So far, no “imminent” threats to public health have been detected, though landfill operators will continue to monitor water flowing out of the fills for radioactive qualities. Technologically advanced naturally occurring radioactive materials, or TENORM, have been a concern for health officials for a […]

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