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Larry Heilmann: Big Oil echoes Big Tobacco’s claim: Don’t worry

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FARGO — In a recent letter, Jay Almlie of UND’s Energy and Environmental Research Center discussed the safety of the radioactive waste being produced in the North Dakota oil fields (“Put science before emotion on topic of NORM waste,” Page A4, April 29).

The gist of his opinion is that this waste essentially is harmless, no more dangerous than granite countertops or bananas and that the public is just too ignorant to understand.

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