Concerned Citizens of Estill County

The Concerned Citizens of Estill County have taken the next step to encourage the state to remove the toxic waste from a local landfill.

Nearby residents have long opposed the state’s plan to keep the waste and Thursday filed new petition to stop it.

Over 1,000 tons of illegally dumped radioactive wastes sits in the Blue Ridge Landfill in Irvine.

The state Energy and Environment Cabinet announced last month that’s where it would stay.

Mary Meehan

There is a fundamental disagreement over how radioactive waste at an Estill County landfill should be handled.  

Resident Mary Farmer spoke at Tuesday’s press conference at the Estill County Fair Grounds. She says Advanced Disposal knew it was placing citizens at risk by bringing the material into the county.  Farmer says the landfill operator should be responsible for taking it out.

NOTE: Updated to include responses from the Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services as well as one from the state's Attorney General's office.

An Estill County citizens group is taking legal action against three state entities.  The organization wants more information on the state’s response to the illegal dumping of low-level radioactive waste in the county landfill.

A leader of a Central Kentucky citizens group says there remain outstanding issues regarding the illegal dumping of low-level radioactive fracking waste at the Estill County landfill.  

A proposed agreement announced Friday by state Energy and Environment Cabinet includes a $95,000 civil penalty for Advance Disposal Services Blue Ridge Landfill.  About two-thirds of that money would go for Radon monitoring and abatement at Estill County schools and at the landfill gate.