DRC Requests Study from Department of Health

Dakota Resource Council and the North Dakota Energy Industry Waste Coalition (NDEIWC) demanded this week to see the draft study regarding the safety and handling of radioactive oil field waste in North Dakota. The study, which was recently completed by Argonne National Laboratories on behalf of the North Dakota Department of Health, was officially commissioned in July of last year.

Yesterday, Dave Glatt, head of the state Health Department Environmental Section, e-mailed DRC and said that the working or preliminary drafts may be retained by the Department until a final report has been completed and rejected our open records request to see the study.

Forum Communications reporter, Kathleen Bryan, interviewed both sides about Dakota Resource Council members asking for the draft study.

In that story, Darrell Dorgan responded to Dave Glatt’s response on not releasing the study,

“What the administration and health department want and what state law requires are two entirely different things,” he said. “It’s a document that was paid for by the people of North Dakota — oil companies probably have a copy. Now the public needs to see a copy of it.” (Forum Communications)

You can read the Forum Communications Story by CLICKING HERE.

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