Panel Confirms State’s Low-Level Radioactive Waste Standards

LANSING, MI (AP) – A state panel has updated how Michigan handles radioactive sludge with no major changes to past protocols.

The state Department of Environmental Quality says Friday that the review has confirmed disposal guidelines for low-activity radioactive materials.

Gov. Rick Snyder directed the DEQ last summer to form the committee to review guidelines in place since 1996.

The standards drew attention as a Wayne County landfill prepared to receive a shipment of Pennsylvania radioactive material produced through the controversial process of oil and gas production known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

A company official has said the shipment was put on hold until the panel completed its review.

The panel also suggested raising the state’s standard to allow for higher concentrations at hazardous waste landfills, which have more protections in place.

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