Landfill Wastewater Showing Elevated Radioactivity


From EnvironmentalLeader.com on April 22, 2014

Radioactivity is showing up in wastewater from gas field landfills in West Virginia that serve as disposal sites for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling cuttings.

According to a report by Public News Service, tests on water leaching from the Meadowfill landfill near Bridgeport vary widely.

Water leaching from Meadowfill averaged 250 picocuries per liter last year, according to the report. The clean drinking water standard is 50, but some tests showed spikes as high as 2,000 picocuries or drops to below 40.

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