A Small Town’s Battle Against Radioactive Fracking Waste

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A Small Town’s Battle Against Radioactive Fracking Waste

Austyn Gaffney // Photo by Logan Jones / NRDC onEarth

 

Irvine, Estill County, Kentucky, 1995. Nancy Farmer, a local resident, was part of a group that created a Host Community Agreement, a legally binding contract between the county and the owners of the Blue Ridge Landfill which determined that the solid waste facility could neither take toxic ash residue from a nearby storage facility nor radiological waste from anywhere. Fast forward twenty years, and the landfill illegally accepted close to 2,000 tons of toxic sludge and contaminated fracking materials anyways, sent over from West Virginia and Ohio. The radioactive waste has been sitting across the street from two schools for three years while the town struggles to decide what happens next.

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