Do Herald readers know that the North Dakota Legislature is about to pass legislation making virtually any information about radioactive materials and radioactive waste in North Dakota confidential? House Bill 1113 already has passed the House and is set for Senate action. This bill, introduced by the state Health Department, is part of an effort to dramatically weaken our laws regarding the disposal of radioactive waste from the oilfields. The proposed rule changes by the Health Department would let the level of radioactivity disposed of in North Dakota increase by a factor of 10.
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).