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Filters testing wastewater for radiation being rejected at landfills

Sunday, February 5, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. — Oilfield wastewater filters from oil wells that test positive for low-level radiation are being rejected at municipal landfills in the oil patch, according to the Bismarck Tribune.

Williston landfill operator Brad Septka said 23 oilfield loads, which include the filters as well as empty bags used to haul fracture treatment sand, set off the landfill’s Geiger counter, stated the article.

“The waste generator can either take it and have it analyzed, or he can send it out of state,” said Scott Radig, who manages the state's solid waste program.

Radig went on to say the radioactivity was two times the normal background for radiation, noted the article.  

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