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March 23, 2014
Minot Daily News

SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE The state of North Dakota will cover the cost of cleaning up the illegally dumped radioactive oil field waste found earlier this month in an abandoned building in Noonan. Officials did not provide an estimate of how much the cleanup will cost. Hundreds of used oil filter socks were dumped in the building, and as of this past week, no one knows who is responsible. Dave Glatt, chief of the North Dakota Department of Health's environmental health section, said "Law enforcement is pursuing the responsible party but I'm not holding a lot of hope." The entire mess is simply unacceptable. We understand the state paying for the cleanup because it needs to be done as soon as possible. But the state should not be stuck with the bill forever. This type of intentional illegal activity cannot be tolerated, especially when it threatens public safety. We hope Glatt is wrong and the responsible party is found and held accountable. The state must send a strong message that oil field companies and their employees are subject to state law just like everyone else.



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