2.5M Pounds of Radioactive Fracking Waste Illegally Dumped at Oregon Landfill
A hazardous waste facility near Arlington, Oregon has been put on notice for allegedly dumping over 2.5 million pounds of radioactive fracking waste at its landfill, according to the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE). Oregon law prohibits disposal of radioactive waste in the state.
The waste facility operates the only hazardous waste landfill in the state. It allegedly accepted the waste from a North Dakota brine water supplier and recycler in the oil and gas industry over a period of three years.
The fracking liquid received by the waste company had come into contact with underground rocks laced with radium-226. Oregon environmental officials report the waste was contaminated with radium up to 1,700 picocuries per gram. Oregon has a threshold for radium of 5 picocuries per gram.
The North Dakota recycler where the waste originated hired a third-party waste transporter to deliver the waste. According to ODOE, the transporter allegedly misrepresented that the waste could lawfully be disposed in Oregon by falsifying the Manifest. ODOE also alleges the Oregon waste facility failed to ensure the Manifest was accurate.
ODOE issued a notice of violation to the Oregon waste facility, directing it to prepare a risk assessment to develop a corrective plan to prevent violation recurrence. No fines have been assessed at this time.
Radioactive Waste Disposal: Where Can You Go?
Most low-level radioactive waste (LLW) is typically sent to land-based disposal sites for long-term management. The US currently has five LLW facilities, which are located in Texas, South Carolina, Utah, Tennessee, and Washington.
Specially designed interim surface or sub-surface storage waste facilities are currently used throughout the country to ensure the safe storage of hazardous radioactive waste pending the availability of a long-term disposal option.
Radium as a Hazardous Waste
Exposure to radium-226 or radium-228 over an extended period of time is known to cause lymphoma, bone cancer, leukemia, and other chronic health issues.
EPA has established a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of 5 picocuries per gram in both the surface and subsurface in radium-contaminated soil at Superfund sites. It also established an MCL for drinking water of 5 picocuries per liter for any combination of radium-226 and radium-228 in drinking water.
RCRA Training Ready Before You Need It
US EPA requires annual RCRA training for hazardous waste personnel. Lion makes it easy to get effective, comprehensive RCRA training with two convenient online courses.
Or, join us for a RCRA Refresher webinar to get instructor-led training from any internet connection.
Courses are packed with professional narration, engaging exercises, and original graphics—so you learn by seeing, by hearing, and by doing. When we learn something in multiple ways, we retain more information and are better prepared to apply our knowledge to real-world situations.
RCRA Hazardous Waste Management (Online Course)
RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Refresher (Online Course)
RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Refresher (Webinar)
See all online Lion's RCRA training options at Lion.com/RCRA.
I was able to present my scenario to the instructor and worked thru the regulations together. In the past, I attended another training firm's classes. Now, I have no intention of leaving Lion!
Senior Environmental Engineer
The instructor was very engaging and helped less experienced people understand the concepts.
As always, Lion never disappoints
This was the 1st instructor that has made the topic actually enjoyable and easy to follow and understand. Far better than the "other" training providers our company has attended!
Process & Resource Administrator
Lion's online training is more comprehensive, has better slides, and is a superior training experience than what I would get from other trainers.
District Environmental Manager
I have over 26 years of environmental compliance experience, and it has been some time since I have attended an environmental regulations workshop. I attended this course as preparation for EHS Audits for my six plants, and it was exactly what I was looking for.
Director of Regulatory Affairs
The instructor created a great learning environment.
CAD & Environmental Manager
No comparison. Lion has the best RCRA training ever!!
Lion's training was by far the best online RCRA training I've ever taken. It was challenging and the layout was great!
Hazardous Waste Professional
Convenient; I can train when I want, where I want.
Hazmat Shipping Professional
Download Our Latest Whitepaper
Use this guide to spot which tanks and substances are regulated under EPA's Underground Storage Tank program, and which are excluded as of October 2018.