State proposes $95,000 fine for radioactive dump at landfill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – State officials have reached an agreement with an eastern Kentucky disposal company that illegally dumped low-level radioactive fracking waste.

The state Energy and Environment Cabinet announced the agreement on Friday that includes a $95,000 civil penalty for Advance Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill in Estill County.

The Richmond Register reports ( the proposed agreement is subject to public comment, which will be accepted until Nov. 21.

Records obtained during the state cabinet’s investigation showed that 92 loads of waste was illegally brought from West Virginia to the Blue Ridge Landfill in violation of state law. The waste is classified as “technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials.”

Part of the fine paid by the company will go to the Estill County School District to pay for detection and mitigation of radon.


Information from: Richmond Register,


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