Radioactive Waste Found Dumped in Abandoned Gas Station
Hanford isn’t the only area having trouble managing radioactive waste. A small town of 120 people in North Dakota found an abandoned gas station filled with toxic, radioactive waste owned by a man already a fugitive from police on other charges.
It turns out the waste is mostly filters used in the fracking process to extract natural gas from the ground. A drilling company has been identified by the waste, but it is not clear who dumped it in the derelict building. Local authorities say the lack of witnesses suggest it was done late at night and the covering of dust on the waste hints that the act was not performed recently.
The type of radioactivity is low-level, which means it cannot penetrate the skin, but could be harmful if inhaled.
Attempts at locating the building owner (who is on the run from the law) have been unsuccessful, but the recent taxes on the building were paid by his mother in Montana.