Proposed oil field waste landfill draws criticism
WASHBURN, N.D. (AP) _ A proposed oil field waste landfill northwest of Underwood is being criticized by some area residents who fear radioactive contamination and increased highway traffic.
Great River Energy wants permission from McLean County and the state of North Dakota to convert an existing coal waste landfill into one that can handle oil field waste. The landfill is almost empty after two decades of existence because the company sells most of its waste from a coal-powered electric plant as a concrete additive.
Great River spokeswoman Diane Stockdill says the landfill would not accept any waste with potentially harmful levels of radiation.
County zoning officials held a public hearing on the proposal Monday. The County Commission and state Health Department will need to approve the plan. The county's decision could come July 16.