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Ashland, Estill County landfills accused of improper acceptance and disposal of radioactive waste

Accepted low-level radioactive waste

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 9, 2016) — A Notice of Violation containing four violations was issued against both Green Valley Landfill General Partnership in Ashland and Advanced Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill, Inc. in Estill County after investigations found they had accepted low-level radioactive waste, commonly known as TENORM (Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material), Energy and Environment Secretary Charles G. Snavely announced Tuesday.

Green Valley accepted 26 loads (368.5 tons) of TENORM 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, the investigation found.

The violations will be referred for enforcement action. Green Valley Landfill officials were notified late Tuesday afternoon.

The investigation of Advanced Disposal Services showed the landfill used inaccurate reporting in its quarterly report, failed to characterize a release of TENORM/ NORM to the environment, disposed of unpermitted waste in a contained landfill and failed to properly record the source, disposal location and quantity of spill residues and limited quantity generator hazardous wastes.

The matter will be referred for enforcement action. Blue Ridge officials were notified of the Notices of Violation on Wednesday.

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced that on Friday it had issued a cease and desist letter to Advanced TENORM, a waste disposal company located in West Liberty. Advanced TENORM is suspected of importing, collecting, transporting, treating, storing, depositing and/or disposing of TENORM from West Virginia since June 2015, which is prohibited by state law. Advance TENORM could face civil fines up to $100,000 per occurrence, as well as substantial criminal penalties.

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