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Published May 19, 2013, 09:42 AM

North Dakota group sets meeting to talk about oilfield waste

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A newly-formed group worried about dumping of radioactive oilfield waste in western North Dakota is holding its first public meeting.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A newly-formed group worried about dumping of radioactive oilfield waste in western North Dakota is holding its first public meeting.

Members of the Energy Industry Waste Coalition say they believe policy changes should be made to ensure public safety when it comes to naturally occurring radioactive material.

Landfill employees near Williston in the last week discovered about 100 filter socks containing radioactive material. The socks look like large tube socks and are used in oilfield salt water disposal wells to filter out solids.

Officials say the socks should have been transported out of state but were instead hidden in a city garbage can.

The meeting is scheduled Sunday afternoon in Minot.

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