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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Public News Service - WV: Nuclear Waste

An investigation by Rolling Stone magazine found the waste brine from Marcellus wells is radioactive enough to be seen as a threat to workers and the public. (Vivian Stockman/Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. -- A federal loophole means millions of tons and billions of gallons of radioactive natural gas waste are being disposed of as if they were not radioactive. According to the investigation by Rolling Stone, liquid brine from the average Marcellus well contains more than 9,000 pic

Documents show nearly 50 containers of low-level radioactive West Virginia fracking waste was dumped into a Kentucky landfill, amid regulatory confusion and questionable business practices. (WV DHHR)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Behind the low-level radioactive waste dumped in a Kentucky landfill are regulatory loopholes and questionable business practices, according to state and local documents. Tom FitzGerald, director of the Kentucky Resources Council, obtained correspondence between Kentucky and Wes

The company behind a planned frack wastewater recycling plant says low-level radioactive waste that would come from it will be properly disposed of. (Sierra Club)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The sludge that would come from an Antero frack wastewater recycling plant would be low-level radioactive material, but Antero says it will be properly disposed of. Some people in Doddrige County and the gas fields are worried about what will happen to the somewhat radioactive

In part because of drill cuttings such as these, once you take the salt and water out of fracking waste, the remaining sludge is hot enough to be considered low-level radioactive waste. (Bill Hughes)

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CHARLESTON, W.Va - Recycling of fracking waste can reduce water use and pollution from the wells, but only by creating low-level nuclear waste too hot for landfills. One fracking-waste recycler is operating near Fairmont and another is planned for Doddridge County. They take the brine, mud and drill

MAP: The thousands of Marcellus gas wells permitted in West Virginia are producing hundreds of thousands of tons of drill cuttings each year. They contain naturally occurring, low-level radioactive waste, a serious issue for the state's landfills. Map courtesy West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey.

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. – As West Virginia revises its emergency landfill rules, concerns are rising about the tons of low-level radioactive waste from Marcellus drilling going into the state's dumps. One Marcellus well can produce 500 tons of drill cuttings, including naturally occurring radioact

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