A Pennsylvania newspaper reports that radioactive drilling waste—already rejected by a southwestern Pennsylvania landfill—has been transported instead to Idaho.
The Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter reports that the waste—radioactive drill cuttings—was rejected in April by a disposal site in South Huntingdon Township, southeast of Pittsburgh. The shipments contained something called TENORM—that's technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material.
The Observer-Reporter reports that a truck carrying the drill cuttings set off a radiation warning system on April 19, when entering the Pennsylvania waste disposal site. The truck was immediately quarantined and it was determined that the drilling cuttings contained Radium 226 at a level of 96 microrem, the measure of the biological effect of absorbed radiation.
The shipment has since been transported to Idaho, where according to the Observer-Reporter, it will be disposed by U.S. Ecology.
U.S. Ecology, headquartered in Boise, operates a disposal site in Grand View, southwest of Mountain Home.
Andy Marshall, U.S. Ecology's vice president of environmental and health and safety, told Boise Weekly that the company's Grand View facility was regulated and designed to store such material.