Notice of Violation Sent to Green Valley Landfill after Investigation Finds Improper Disposal of Low Level Radioactive Waste

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 8, 2016) – Energy and Environment Secretary Charles G. Snavely announced today that a Notice of Violation containing four violations was issued against Green Valley Landfill General Partnership in Ashland, Ky. after an investigation found that the landfill had accepted 26 loads (368.5 tons) of low-level radioactive waste, commonly known as TENORM (Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material).

The Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Waste Management investigation showed that the Green Valley Landfill accepted and disposed of unauthorized low-level radioactive waste from May, 2015 through January, 2016, failed to properly record the source, disposal location and quantity of spill residues and limited quantity generator hazardous wastes, failed to characterize a release or potential release of TENORM/ NORM to the environment, and failed to record the dumping of the material on appropriate forms.

The violations will be referred for enforcement action. Green Valley Landfill officials were notified late Tuesday afternoon.