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States Deal With Low-Level Radioactive Oilfield Waste

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April 16, 2014

U.S. oil fields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the 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 said it’s already taking proper precautions. As scientists debate the impact of small amounts of radiation on cancer risks, the Environmental Protection Agency said there’s not enough evidence to say what level is safe.

Left to police the waste, state ...

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