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Laura Erickson, an oil industry consultant and owner of Plains Energy Technical Resources, teaches a class on Nov. 14 in Stanley about naturally occurring radioactive material. FNS Photo by Amy Dalrymple

Radioactive waste comes to the surface

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WILLISTON — The state’s oil industry generates 75 tons of low-level radioactive waste per day and the state has few rules on how to handle it, but does say it can’t be dumped here.


But the waste does show up in illegally in North Dakota landfills as some companies try to avoid the expense and time it takes to properly transport the waste out of state.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.