Emails show Kentucky’s slow response to radioactive waste
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Emails obtained by a newspaper show that it took months for Kentucky regulators to take action after getting a tip that low-level nuclear waste was being shipped to a landfill.
The emails, which were obtained by The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1quDUqN) through West Virginia’s open records act, give new details on how Kentucky officials first learned about the radioactive shipments and how they responded.
According to the emails, a West Virginia bureaucrat tipped off a Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services worker in July. Officials with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet were notified the same day.
Seven months later state officials issued a warning to landfill operators and ordered the company hauling the waste to stop.
The newspaper reports agency officials pointed fingers at each other when asked about a lack of response in July.
Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com
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