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Fracking cuttings closer to county landfill
|Steuben County is preparing to accept Marcellus Shale cuttings at the county landfill some time this year.|
The cuttings – soil and rock removed before drilling for natural gas – show no dangerous levels of radiation, Public Works Commissioner Vincent Spagnoletti said.
He based that on an existing study by Barton & Loguidice, an engineering firm.
“All soil is radioactive,” he told the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee recently. “The question is, how radioactive?”
Another opponent, Rachel Treichler, of Hammondsport, told the committee a study should include more sensitive tests, including one for radon.
Several others told the committee there are not a lot of detailed tests on the debris, warning it could endanger future generations. Concerns also included the Public Works Committee’s lack of general knowledge on radioactivity.
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