Williams Co. Plans TENORM Hearing
Friday, July 23, 2021

The Williams County Commission is planning to hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would limit the number of landfills in the county that could accept TENORM (technologically-enhanced naturally-occurring radioactive material).

The county last month approved conditional use permits for two companies - Secure Energy and WISCO Inc. - to dispose of low-level TENORM waste at existing landfills in the county (see July 2 newsletter).

The decision to postpone action followed discussion on the draft ordinance introduced by Commissioner David Montgomery, who has expressed concern that more landfills could develop in the county. But Commissioner Cory Hanson said he didn't believe that would happen because the industry and the free market would limit the number that could exist. Montgomery said he tended to agree, but said industry activity can be unpredictable.

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