CHFS to seek civil penalties for radioactive waste dumping in Kentucky landfills

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is seeking civil penalties against multiple parties responsible for dumping radioactive waste in landfills located in Estill and Greenup counties.

The penalties are the result of illegal activity discovered in landfills in early 2016. The penalties will target the processors, transporters, and brokers responsible for transferring the materials into Kentucky landfills.

Evidence shows the activity began as early as May 2015 and involved the illegal transport and disposal of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM), which is a byproduct of fracking.

The Department for Public Health, within CHFS, is seeking penalties against:

  • Advanced TENORM Services of West Liberty ($2,650,000)

  • Cory Hoskins of West Liberty ($2,650,000)

  • Fairmont Brine Processing LLC, of Pittsburgh ($1,012,000)

  • Mountain States Environmental of Lancaster, Ohio ($615,000)

  • L.R. Daniels Transportation, Inc. of Ashland, Kentucky ($612,000)

  • Pressure Technology of Ohio of Norwich, Ohio ($338,000)

  • Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Inc. of Scottsdale, Arizona ($143,000)

  • E&R Energy, LLC of Norwich, Ohio ($140,000)

  • Cambrian Wells Services, LLC in Norwich, Ohio ($30,000)

"State laws prohibit the disposal of radioactive material from out-of-state companies in Kentucky landfills," said CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson. "The Cabinet is imposing significant penalties against all those responsible for the illegal activity."

A public forum was held Monday night. State officials released their findings from the ongoing investigation into the illegal dumping of TENORM. After releasing extensive data regarding their investigation, the conclusion into the risk assessment stated: "All available environmental sampling data support the conclusion of this assessment that the estimated doses are low, and there is no evidence to suggest any measurable impact of the TENORM waste, either now or in the future."

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