Estill citizens want say in state negotiations with polluter


IRVINE, Ky. (AP) – Estill County residents are asking for two seats at the table as state regulators discuss an agreement with a local landfill operator accused of illegally dumping low-level nuclear waste.

The Courier-Journal reports a Tuesday letter to Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely says Concerned Citizens of Estill County Inc. members are likely to distrust any agreement reached without citizen participation.

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Cabinet spokesman John Mura did not immediately have an answer to why the citizen group was not allowed to participate in talks with Advanced Disposal. But Mura said that the cabinet is vigorously pursuing a consent agreement.

State officials have said more than 1,000 cubic yards of fracking waste was illegally dumped in Estill. They say tests indicate no immediate threat to public health.