Michigan Gov. Forms Panel on Fracking Waste

Following public concern regarding storage of radioactive waste in Michigan, the Detroit News reports that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced plans “to create an expert panel to review how low-activity radioactive materials are disposed of following criticism of the state’s waste-handling policies.” As a result, EQ, the private company operating the Wayne Disposal facility that had initially agreed to receive the waste, has suspended the receipt of low-level radioactive fracking waste from Pennsylvania-based fracking operations until the governor’s panel has reviewed fracking waste standards.

“We look forward to supporting this important review,” Simon Bell , EQ executive vice president of operations, said in a statement according to the Detroit Free Press. “We take pride in our proven ability as one of the few companies with the expertise to safely manage this material.”

From The Detroit News:

“We remain deeply committed to protecting public health and Michigan’s precious water resources,” Snyder said in a statement released Monday. “We believe the standard in Michigan remains protective of our people and our natural resources, but this advisory group of diverse experts, similar to the assembly that developed our standards, can provide an important science-based and current review to make sure that’s still the case.”