Kentucky’s environmental agency has reached an agreement in principle with Advanced Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill Inc. on radioactive material that was illegally brought to the landfill in 2015.
The agreed order contains both remedial and penalty provisions regarding the Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM).
The agreement requires Advanced Disposal to develop a corrective action plan on the disposal of the TENORM at the facility. It also must develop a timeline for the completion of specific corrective actions and an estimated date for final compliance.
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Blue Ridge also agreed to a $95,000 civil penalty that the Cabinet has agreed to offset by allowing the company to perform supplemental environmental projects. Specifically, Blue Ridge has agreed to deposit $60,000 into an escrow account for the Estill County School District to pay towards the detection and mitigation of naturally occurring radon.
The landfill company also will install radiation monitors at the Irvine facility and at its affiliated Morehead landfill, which did not receive any unpermitted TENORM waste. Radiation monitoring at the Irvine site will be incorporated into the company's plan to prevent future disposal of TENORM waste and will be made included as a requirement of the Blue Ridge Landfill solid waste permit.
In addition to the civil penalty, Blue Ridge has agreed to a stipulated $2,500 penalty if it fails to meet deadlines associated with submitting the CAP. Further, Blue Ridge has agreed to stipulated penalties in the amount of $25,000 for future acceptance of unpermitted TENORM waste.