Kentucky attorney general to investigate radioactive waste in Boyd, Estill counties
The state attorney general has launched an investigation into allegations that radioactive waste was transported and illegally dumped in Boyd and Estill counties.
Attorney General Andy Beshear, in a statement released Wednesday, said he was "deeply troubled by allegations involving the transporting and illegal disposal of radioactive waste in Boyd and Estill counties."
Last month, state officials confirmed that radioactive material from drilling was illegally dumped last year at the Blue Ridge Landfill. Kentucky Division of Waste Management Director Anthony Hatton told WKYT that the waste was dumped some time last year between July and November. The state opened its investigation after receiving a tip in January.
On Wednesday, Beshear said his office launched an investigation into the matter, working closely with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and other state, local and federal officials.
"As Attorney General, protecting Kentucky families is my top priority, so I am particularly troubled that the Blue Ridge Landfill in Irvine allegedly containing these hazardous materials is located across the road from two schools," he said. "To the concerned parents in the community, I promise we are giving this investigation our full attention, and we share your concerns.”
Earlier this month, a House Bill was drafted to better regulate dumping of radioactive wastes to prevent situations like this. State Rep. Cluster Howard testified in front of a house committee on Thursday, explaining how it has been a very trying time for some in his district.
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