State wants radiation detectors in landfills – Times Union
September 14, 2016
The sites hardly glow in the dark, but all of the state’s active landfills would have to be equipped with radiation detectors according to new regulations proposed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. While New York state doesn’t allow high-pressure horizontal hydrofracking, or fracking, for natural gas, environmentalists want tougher restrictions on debris from traditional wells that exist in western New York. Additionally, many of the state’s 27 active landfills already have the detectors, according to DEC. […] the four landfills in western New York which accept drilling waste are equipped with the devices. […] Stephen Acquario, executive director for the state Association of Counties, said road crews in some instances use brine to enhance the effectiveness of road salt for melting ice.