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Other views: It’s illegal and it’s radioactive

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One of the explanations voiced by at least one North Dakota official regarding discovery of a second illegal dump of low-level radioactive oil field waste, is that there is no in-state disposal site. It costs companies a lot of money to truck the stuff to legal landfills in Colorado or Idaho. Therefore, the argument goes, bad actors in oil country will try to get away with illegally dumping loads of “filter socks” in remote locations.

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