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W.Va. landfill barred from taking sludge from Pa.

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 29, 2014 at 11:31 am •  Published: May 29, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators want to know how natural gas drilling sludge rejected by a landfill in Pennsylvania wound up in a landfill in Bridgeport.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection ordered the Meadowfill Landfill to stop accepting the sludge until the agency determines why the Arden Landfill in Chartiers, Pennsylvania, rejected it, DEP spokeswoman Kelley Gillenwater told media outlets.

The sludge came from a Range Resources natural gas drilling operation in Pennsylvania.

Range Resources spokesman Matt Pitzarella told media outlets that the Pennsylvania landfill found that the waste contained radioactive materials slightly above background levels. He said the levels weren't unsafe and did not pose a risk to workers or the community.

Pitzarella said the amount of waste was less than a pickup truck load.

Because it comes from deep in the Marcellus Shale, drilling sludge is more radioactive than topsoil.

The Meadowfill landfill was the closest disposal facility with appropriate permits, Pitzarella said.

Waste Management owns both landfills.

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