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States pass the buck on radioactive waste disposal


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media An article today on Public Radio International explores the literal fallout of Marcellus shale drilling: irradiated rock fragments known as drill cuttings. The Marcellus is an unusually radioactive geological formation. PRI reports that studies have found its radiation levels are about three times as high as comparable shales, and samples of underground, mineral-heavy water ...

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West Virginia won’t accept additional drilling waste tainted with radioactivity

By Don Hopey | The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Range Resources shipped 12 tons of drilling sludge containing higher-than-normal radioactivity to a West Virginia landfill Tuesday afternoon, but, at least for now, won’t be able to use the landfill to dispose of other, similar waste stored on well pads in Washington County. Kelly Gillenwater, a West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman, ...

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Businesses tied to shale drilling’s success

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By Tom McParland, The Youngstown Vindicator, Ohio YOUNGSTOWN — At the Industrial Waste Control Inc. facility in Youngstown, a group of radiological engineers are trying something different when it comes to handling potentially radioactive material generated from shale drilling. Industrial Waste Control/Ground Tech Inc. received a permit to use a new method, which offers “a better, faster method to test ...

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