Waste board delays decision on Clean Harbors
DENVER – A regional panel again postponed a decision on whether to allow a disposal site about 70 miles east of Denver to begin accepting more types of low-level radioactive waste.The Rocky Mountain Low-Level Radioactive Waste Board on Tuesday delayed its decision for 60 days at the request of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.The department had submitted an application to the board to allow the Clean Harbors Environmental Services’ Deer Trail Facility in eastern Adams County to accept the additional type waste.Braintree, Mass.-based Clean Harbors wants to accept naturally occurring radioactive material in its normal state and after it has gone through processing, which could include byproducts from oil and gas production.Earlier this month, the board postponed its decision after several Colorado cities complained that sending material to the Deer Trail Facility could increase the costs of disposing waste from water treatment plants.New federal standards require utilities to remove more low-level radioactive material from drinking water, and communities including Denver and Colorado Springs worry they would have to ship the waste to special facilities, such as Clean Harbors, instead of the landfills they currently use.Gary Baughman, director of the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division of the Department of Public Health and Environment, said the delay would give the department more time to alleviate concerns from communities about waste from water treatment plants.Leonard Slosky, the board’s executive director, said the board had not set a new meeting date to make the decision.
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