State environmental officials will provide information and address questions about radioactive oilfield waste at a public information session Thursday in Williston, according to Williams County.
The event comes as a Secure Energy Services landfill north of Williston seeks a permit to become the first facility in North Dakota to accept radioactive waste under new state rules that allow landfills to take material with radiation levels up to 50 picocuries per gram. Currently all radioactive waste from North Dakota's oilfields is trucked to disposal facilities out of state.
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The Department of Environmental Quality held a hearing last month on the landfill's proposal to accept radioactive material. The facility, which already accepts other types of oilfield waste, requires several state permits, as well as an amendment to its conditional use permit from Williams County.
The public information session will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Williams County Commission Room, which is the lower level of the Williams County Administration Building at 206 E. Broadway in Williston.
Officials from Environmental Quality plan to present background information about radioactive oilfield waste and cover rules and regulations for special waste landfills, as well as answer questions.