Health Dept. to draft waste tracking rules

BISMARCK The North Dakota Department of Health is developing waste regulations to enhance the state’s capacity to track the generation, storage, transportation and disposal of Technically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material.

“The current state law and administrative rules require that all TENORM waste be disposed of appropriately, and violations can result in fines. However, we are finding that there is a need to enhance our ability to track this type of waste,” said Scott Radig, of the Health Department’s Waste Management Division.

The department anticipates having the proposed regulations drafted and available to the public for review and comment in June.

Technically enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material is typically found in oil-field development activities and is generally characterized by low concentrations of radioactivity. It can be found in spent filter socks, as well as other waste materials.