Friday, April 15, 2016

Emails show Kentucky's slow response to radioactive waste

(AP) — Emails obtained show that it took months for Kentucky regulators to take action after getting a tip that low-level nuclear waste was being shipped to a landfill.

The emails give new details on how Kentucky officials first learned about the radioactive shipments and how they responded.

According to the emails, a West Virginia bureaucrat tipped off a Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services worker in July. Officials with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet were notified the same day.

Seven months later state officials issued a warning to landfill operators and ordered the company hauling the waste to stop.


The newspaper reports agency officials pointed fingers at each other when asked about a lack of response in July.