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After learning in January that low-level nuclear waste from drilling operations had been dumped illegally in Kentucky last year, state officials are warning this week that all landfills be on the lookout and to not accept any of the radioactive material.Kentucky Division of Waste Management Director Tony Hatton said officials have confirmed that low-level nuclear waste from drilling operations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia was sent to a landfill in Estill County between July and November. Officials are also investigating possible illegal shipments of similar waste to a landfill in Greenup County.He said the waste comes from rock and brine that's brought to the surface during oil and gas drilling. Naturally occurring radionuclides concentrate during the process. A West Virginia company that recycles the drilling further concentrates the radionuclides — and that's the waste that Hatton said made to the Blue Ridge Landfill last year in the small town of Irvine, … [Read more...] about Nuclear waste dumped illegally in Ky.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Five tonnes of expired and unused drugs collected from 200 collection boxes kept at the medical stores of the district will be transported for scientific disposal to Mangaluru on Tuesday. This is the first time that a campaign to promote scientific disposal of unused and expired drugs are being carried out in the state. The campaign titled PROUD (Programme for Removal of Unused Drugs) is promoted jointly by state drugs control department and all-Kerala chemists and druggists association (AKCDA). Health minister K K Shailaja will flag off the first load of drugs, collected from the district in two months, to Ramky Energy and Environment Limitedâs garbage disposal plant at Mangaluru in Karanataka. âThe initiative was based on World Health Organizationâs (WHO) study report, which suggests that water bodies are fast becoming polluted by antibiotic seepage due to dumping of unused drugs. As part of the PROUD … [Read more...] about Five tonnes of expired drugs to be shipped to Mangaluru for safe disposal
By Sharon Bernstein WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (Reuters) - Pollution from illegal marijuana farms deep in California's national forests is far worse than previously thought, and has turned thousands of acres into waste dumps so toxic that simply touching plants has landed law enforcement officers in the hospital. The volume of banned or restricted pesticides and illegally applied fertilizers in the woods dwarfs estimates by the U.S. Forest Service in 2014, when a top enforcement official testified that the pollution was threatening forest land in California and other states. California accounts for more than 90 percent of illegal U.S. marijuana farming, with much of it exported to other states from thousands of sites hidden deep inside forested federal land, and more on private property, law enforcement officials said. The state is still developing a licensing system for growers even though legal retail sales of the drug will begin next year, and medical use has been allowed for … [Read more...] about Toxic waste from U.S. pot farms alarms experts
Ten years ago, when Murfreesboro residents learned the state had approved the dumping of low-level radioactive waste at a local landfill, a fierce community backlash swiftly put an end to the practice.Today, Tennessee citizens have no way to find out how much low-level radioactive waste is going into other landfills.The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, or TDEC, has wiped that data from its website and said it is confidential.Asked why, TDEC spokesman Eric Ward cited a ten-year-old state law the agency has just begun referencing to deny information. More: Hazardous landfill, state inaction a toxic mix for Tennessee town More: Stuck in their backyard: Tennessee towns fight landfills TDEC's withholding of information which has, for years, been open to the public comes at the same time that companies in Tennessee have filed notice they plan to import up to 10,000 metric tons - or more than 22 million pounds - of … [Read more...] about Tennessee officials keep radioactive waste details from public