Radioactive Waste Becomes a Major Issue near Denver
August 23, 2012 by
Industrial sludge and PCBs among other toxic wastes are produced in regions that have heavy-duty landfills have the potential to be lucrative and handy for landfill operators. However, county and state regulators are finding it hard to set the bar as the garbage that is buried at the Clean Harbors Deer Trail landfill is growing increasingly hazardous.
The landfill is one of America’s best-designed facilities. Waste is being in generated in relatively low quantities lately due to the use of wholesale reusable bags – a bill that is expected to be passed in the near future.
Nearly 20% of the buried material is radioactive today, at Adams County’s southeast corner, company officials revealed. Clean Harbors has been prohibited by county authorities from accepting this kind of waste. The Department of Public Health and Environment in Colorado, however, has shown the green light to Clean Harbors to accept such waste from any part of the country, and this includes “pipe scale” from the gas and oil boom, and mining. .
How the Radioactive Waste Bill Will Affect the Region
A 68-year old from the region, Pam Whelden says that it comes as a surprise to the community. Yet farmers and ranchers in the region usually do not object, as the past twenty years have seen ten to thirty trucks hauled in each day, burying over a million and a quarter cubic yards of garbage. The facility is located about 71 miles from Denver’s east and sits on a nine sq. mile prairie patch. It is also surrounded and guarded by a barbed-wire fence.
Using Wholesale Reusable Bags Will Reduce the Radioactive Waste Generation
Businesses and residents around the region of the Rocky Mountains will benefit from this according to Jack Kehoe, the manager of the landfill. He says that litigation happens for years and the waste just gets accumulated if there is no landfill. Kehoe believes that citizens will be better off by having the facility here, as it also brings down the environmental costs.
The problem with running landfills is that it requires hunting on a regular basis for newer sources of garbage. Clean Harbors were led to radioactive waste of a low level due to this problem. People are advised against the use of wholesale reusable bags as they go not generate waste that is essential in these areas.
A waste-management consultant and the president of Envirobiz, Cary Perket said that the United States has been “de-industrialized” by the decline in manufacturing. He also said that there has been a fall in the traditional flows of dangerous waste for landfills. However, the development of mining, natural gas and oil in Colorado will generate new waste.