US Gov’t: EPA specifically allows radioactive waste to be dumped in salt caverns — Exempted from hazardous waste requirements

Published: August 13th, 2012 at 12:19 pm ET


Title: Giant Sinkhole May Be Radioactive
Source: Courthouse News Service
Date: August 13, 2012


A U.S. Department of Energy document on storage of naturally occurring radioactive material in salt caverns states that oil field wastes – but not other industrial wastes – are exempted from the hazardous waste requirements of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

According to that document, “Disposal of NORM [naturally occurring radioactive material]-Contaminated Oil Field Wastes in Salt Caverns”: “On July 6, 1988, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a regulatory determination that exempted any wastes arising from the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and geothermal energy from regulation as hazardous wastes under RCRA Subtitle C (53 FR 25477). … Given the federal exemption from RCRA for oil field wastes, the waste management requirements faced by most operators will be state requirements.”

The document, which was released in 1998, states that Louisiana law prohibited storage of naturally occurring radioactive waste in salt caverns, and that the law would have to be amended before storage would be possible.


Published: August 13th, 2012 at 12:19 pm ET


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14 comments to US Gov’t: EPA specifically allows radioactive waste to be dumped in salt caverns — Exempted from hazardous waste requirements

  • Anthony Anthony

    Extra stupid. Congratulations.

    • richard richard

      Extra corrupt more likely

      • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

        Hi richard , indeed. Btw , come back !

        • richard richard

          hi Dis. good to hear your shout ๐Ÿ™‚ i'm lurking. been in a holding pattern ๐Ÿ™‚

          needed to ease up. it's good to just read for a while. everyone's on the ball around here. When one steps back, another steps up. I noticed that pattern at the Ooii protests now that I recall the similarity.

          there are others who we haven't heard from as well. It would be good to get a chime from time to time ๐Ÿ˜‰

          Saikado Hantai!

          • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

            Hey richard, I wondered where you were – good to know your're still onboard! Hope all is well and the ladies love going out with you ๐Ÿ™‚

            • richard richard

              hiya b&b. thanks for those fun thoughts ๐Ÿ˜‰

              i read you were kayaking in croatia. sounds like a great adventure.

              that part of the world is not too accessible for me. but i'm real pleased to see someone is enjoying it ๐Ÿ™‚

              about to head out.. the weekend is just on the horizon ๐Ÿ™‚

          • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

            Good one richard, i see you are in a good mood. Now find the pattern that connect your discoverd pattern to the number of participants aka "critical mass" and reรฏnforce everybody's understanding why it is so important. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Extraordinarial Presumptuous & Asinine

      but then again, with the huge influence and corruption allowed of this agency by huge polluting corporations, what would you expect?

      rose petals and petunia blossoms?

  • ShutItAllDown

    That would make "Environmental Protection Agency" an oxymoron, then?

  • jackassrig

    Reminds me of the Brio refinery in Houston. The crooks polluted the whole damn area and then tore the refinery down. Guess what happened next. The criminals built subdivisions on top of the polluted sewage. No one noticed until cancers started to show up and deformities. I never heard of one bastard going to jail for this.

    For psychopaths that makes it that much sweeter.

    • Same thing with Love Canal, but they claimed a 'cleanup' was completed. Moved people in after that, but now those same people are coming down with huge increases in same health problems former residents had..

      same ol, same ol..

      lots of promises and assurances, but the reality is quite different.

  • jackassrig

    Oh now there is the Brio Superfund to clean this mess up.

  • Just another name for; getting paid to fail.

    Taxpayers end up footing the bill for almost all of the Superfund stuff nowadays, when it is used to be all the polluting companies funded it and no taxpayer money was involved.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    We have all been bent over since they day we were born and all they do now is ask for more money at every turn and then they "the collective in charge by law" approves such Nuclear technology irrelevant of the massive negative medical consequences experienced by that same bent over population.

    If this is called an educated population run by educated scholar-ed people, then sadly, we are all very stupid by design. ๐Ÿ™