Antero Landfill Compelled to Undergo Radioactivity Monitoring
Permit appeal leads to stronger monitoring requirements for landfill accepting frack waste byproducts
- Monthly laboratory analysis for radioactivity of material entering the landfill;
- Monthly groundwater sampling for radioactivity;
- Regular monitoring for bromide, known to cause problems for drinking water treatment, in surface water discharges; and,
- Regular monitoring for Total Dissolved Solids in surface water discharges.
“Underground injection of massive amounts of wastewater from horizontal drilling and hydrofracking appears to have created unstable geological conditions in Texas, Oklahoma and elsewhere. So, it’s no wonder industry and the state are looking for better ways to deal with the ever-increasing amounts of contaminants released during the fracking process,” said Cindy Rank of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy. “However, an urgent need to find safe, reliable treatment options is no excuse to permit untested methods without including essential monitoring requirements.”
Appellants were represented by Mike Becher of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.