Yahoo. The good people of Idaho – which is populated largely by conspiracy theorist wingnuts too weird to “fit in” in Utah – have adopted the load of toxic radioactive frackwaste that had been abandoned in New York and Pennsylvania.
Idaho was the closest place to get rid of this fracking garbage. Idafrackingho. Have you ever been to Idaho ? I have. Fished there. It’s way the frack out there. In more ways than one . . . So now Idaho can babysit radioactive frackwaste for the next 1,000 years or so.Thanks Idahoans. What other fracking garbage do you want ? Slightly used Frack Rubbers of uncertain provenance ? Bring ’em on. No questions asked.
Which begs the question – are the radioactive frack waste dumps in Ohio already full up ? Really ? Allegheny River not available ? No trout streams nearby ?
The orphaned radioactive frackwaste has found a home – at long last. And a new euphemism “TENORM“. An acronym for technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material. It occurs when the levels of radioactivity that are present naturally are increased by human activities. Like fracking. . . Instead of good ole’ NORM. You know, the barfly in “Cheers”
Rejected frack waste taken to Idaho
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has confirmed that containers holding radioactive drill cuttings that were rejected in April by the Max Environmental Technologies disposal site in South Huntingdon Township have been transported to Idaho for disposal.
“Rice Energy has informed us that they have removed the roll-off boxes containing the TENORM material,” said John Poister, spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. “They have provided us documentation that the material was sent to a U.S. Ecology site in Idaho for proper disposal.” TENORM is an acronym for technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material. It occurs when the levels of radioactivity that are present naturally are increased by human activities.
The Rice Energy truck carrying the drill cuttings from a Center Township well site set off the radiation warning system on April 19 while entering Max Environmental. The truck was immediately quarantined and tested to determine what type of radiation it contained, according to Poister. It was determined that the drill cuttings contained Radium 226 at a level of 96 microrem (mrem). Microrem is the measure of the biological effect of absorbed radiation.
“The standard in Pennsylvania is 10 above background,” said Poister. “Nintety-six is not a tremendously high reading but it is high enough that it is in that middle area. It is definitely not something we could accept in the Pennsylvania landfills in this area. Max followed the procedure perfectly. They drove to the quarantine area and scanned for the source.”
Background radiation refers to the typical amount of naturally occurring radiation one encounters in everyday life. In the natural environment, radium occurs at very low levels in virtually all rock, soil, water, plants, and animals, according to the Pa. DEP.
When Max Environmental rejected the load it was returned to the well pad in Greene County until Rice could locate a facility that accepts this level of radioactive material.”
This is how far you have to ship radioactive frackwaste to get rid of it. Literally all the way across America. Why not just shoot it to the moon ? It’s closer.
Ban this radioactive garbage in New York
Tens of thousands of tons of radioactive drilling waste pour over the border every year from Pennsylvanian fracking sites into NY landfills, threatening public health and water quality.
Right now there is a pending application to expand the Hyland Landfill in the Town of Angelica, in Allegany County, NY, dramatically increasing the amount of drilling waste this facility can accept. Will you send a message to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) telling them New York should not be PA’s dumping ground?
The Hyland landfill is one of five landfills in New York currently accepting various types of shale gas drilling wastes from Pennsylvania according to data released by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP). Some have estimated that as much as 30% of Pennsylvania’s shale gas drilling waste is coming to New York. In the past two years alone more than 300,000 tons of drilling fluid waste and cuttings have entered NY waste facilities.<
Incredibly, NYS DEC is allowing solid waste and C&D landfills in New York to accept this waste despite the fact that the black shales that underlie New York and Pennsylvania are known to contain uranium, radium, radon and other radioactive elements. None of New York’s landfills are properly equipped to safely handle or dispose of this waste.
Comments on the Hyland landfill application are due by July 21 and we urge all of our members and friends to take action! Please request a public hearing be scheduled to address the radiation issues as well as other environmental and health concerns.