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State: Illegally dumped radioactive fracking waste will stay in E. Oregon landfill


SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A state agency has chosen to leave millions of pounds of illegally dumped, radioactive fracking waste in an Eastern Oregon landfill.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the Oregon Department of Energy’s decision Wednesday comes just over a year after it issued a notice of violation to Chemical Waste Management.

The company operates Oregon’s only hazardous waste landfill, outside of the Columbia River town of Arlington.

An investigation found CWM had dumped 1,284 tons of radioactive waste in the landfill over three years.

Oregon law prohibits the establishment of a radioactive waste disposal facility. The state Department of Energy says removing the waste “would pose a greater risk to landfill workers than leaving the waste in place.”

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  1. On average, the waste registered radium at 140 picocuries per gram, according to state nuclear waste specialists. The state’s maximum level for waste stored at Arlington is 5 picocuries.

    1. But what do the “experts” say ?

      “There is a growing body of evidence that radiation in excess of what the government says are the minimum amounts you should be exposed to are actually good for you and reduce cases of cancer.”
      – Ann Coulter, 3/17/2011
      Fox News: The O’Reilly Factor

  2. Sounds similar to the agent orange illegal dumping site out at Alkali lake, 2.5 hrs from Bend. In 1976, over 25,000 barrels of agent orange leftover from the Vietnam War were crushed and buried in UNLINED trenches. Nothing is being done to clean it up or hold the responsible parties accountable. Yet we spend millions on campaigns to ban straws and plastic bags? I think alot of Central Oregonians would be shocked to know this exists so close to home.

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