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Blue Ridge Landfill Greg Kocher gkocher1@herald-leader.com

Kentucky to Monitor Estill County Landfill for Radiation

Advanced Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill also agreed to a $95,000 civil penalty.

Monitors will be installed at landfill in Estill County, Ky., where radioactive material had been illegally dumped in 2015.

The agreed order requires Advanced Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill Inc. to develop a corrective action plan that must address the disposal of technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material (TENORM) brought to the landfill.

In October, the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet reached an agreement in principle with Advanced Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill with both remedial and penalty provisions for material that was brought to the landfill.

Kentucky.om has more:

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 toward detection and mitigation of naturally occurring radon, and-or establishing educational programs related to environmental sciences.

As part of the agreed order, the landfill company will install radiation monitors at the Estill County landfill and at its affiliated Morehead landfill, which did not receive any unpermitted waste. Radiation monitoring at the landfill will be incorporated into the company’s plan to prevent future disposal of such waste and will be a requirement of the Blue Ridge Landfill solid-waste permit.

The agreed order requires that the escrow account be established and any monitoring devices be installed within 120 days of the signing of the agreed order.

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