State: Radioactive waste illegally dumped in Ashland landfill

ASHLAND, Ky. (WTVQ)- The state says an investigation found improper disposal of low level radioactive waste at an Ashland landfill.

Energy and Environment Secretary Charles G. Snavely says the Notice of Violation, which contained four violations, was issued against Green Valley Landfill General Partnership.

According to the state, “The Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Waste Management investigation showed that the Green Valley Landfill accepted and disposed of unauthorized low-level radioactive waste from May, 2015 through January, 2016, failed to properly record the source, disposal location and quantity of spill residues and limited quantity generator hazardous wastes, failed to characterize a release or potential release of TENORM/ NORM to the environment, and failed to record the dumping of the material on appropriate forms.”

Officials say the violations will be referred for enforcement action.

News of the reported violations in Ashland came after the state said low-level nuclear waste had been illegally dumped in Estill County.

County officials say tests were done on creek and pond water near the Blue Ridge Landfill. It says alpha levels were slightly above drinking water standards. And it says radium and lead were at acceptable levels.

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