South Carolina court orders tighter regulation of landfill
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered tighter regulation of a low-level nuclear waste landfill where radioactive water has leaked into the groundwater.
The State newspaper reported the justices on Wednesday ordered the Department of Health and Environmental Control to review how operators of the Barnwell County landfill run the site.
The decision says Chem-Nuclear has violated state rules that were written to keep rainfall out trenches that contain items such as hospital waste and old reactor parts. Polluted water is also seeping out of the trenches.
The 235-acre (95-hectare) site opened in 1971.
DHEC said it is reviewing the order but will comply.
Chem-Nuclear’s parent company, Energy Solutions, did not immediately comment Wednesday.
The Sierra Club has been fighting a permit for the landfill for more than 15 years.
Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com