Increase in Fracking Leads to Spike in Illegal Disposal of Radioactive Waste

Increase in Fracking Leads to Spike in Illegal Disposal of Radioactive Waste

“Oilfields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take.

State regulators are caught between environmental and public health groups demanding more regulation and the industry, which says it’s already taking proper precautions. As scientists debate the impact of small amounts of radiation on cancer risks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says there’s not enough evidence to say what level is safe.”

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