Advocacy Group Wants Role in Landfill Cleanup Negotiations

Aug 22, 2016

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A citizens group wants representation at the table as the state of Kentucky negotiates the clean-up of radioactive waste at a Central Kentucky landfill. The best a state official is offering is to hear citizen comments.

Representatives with the Energy and Environmental Cabinet are talking with Advanced Disposal Services.  It’s the owner of the Estill County landfill where 2,000 tons of radioactive waste was illegally dumped. 

Concerned Citizens of Estill County is asking that two of its members be included in negotiations.  Mary Cromer is with the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center.  She says there needs to be transparency in the process and adds, so far that hasn’t happened.   “There was an initial meeting with state officials back in March, but the state has pretty much been silent since then,” noted Cromer.

John Mura with the cabinet says, when a draft agreement is reached, the public will have an opportunity to review it, make comments and offer recommendations.