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DEP Halts Drilling Waste Disposal in Bridgeport

Fracking, Fluid

West Virginia regulators want to know how drilling sludge rejected by a landfill in Pennsylvania wound up in a landfill in Bridgeport.

Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater says the agency ordered the Meadowfill Landfill to stop accepting the sludge until the agency determines why the Arden Landfill in Chartiers, Pennsylvania, rejected it.
The sludge came from a Range Resources natural gas drilling operation in Pennsylvania.
Range Resources spokesman Matt Pitzarella says the Pennsylvania landfill found  the waste contained radioactive materials slightly above background levels. He says the levels weren’t unsafe.
Waste Management owns both landfills.
Waste Management spokeswoman Lisa Kardell says a new West Virginia law requiring radiation monitoring of drilling waste at landfills doesn’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2015, allowing the Bridgeport site to collect the waste.