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Radioactive Illegal Dump Site Discovered Near Crosby

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Melted snow has revealed another illegal dumping site in the northern part of the state. A dozen garbage cans, and two dozen garbage bags containing low level radioactive filter socks were discovered on a property north of Crosby.

 "Garbage cans are filled with filter socks that are overflowing out on to the ground some filter socks just spread out in a few different locations in addition to things like car batteries and other trash," says Scott Radig of the North Dakota Department of Health.

The socks used to filter fluids within oil wells and catch naturally occurring radioactive material. Disposing of these socks are illegal in North Dakota.

"The highest radiation level that was recorded at the site was 55 microrems per hour which is comparable to the filters socks that were found in Noonan. It's not a particularly high reading, but it's about five times the background for that area. It's def above what would be naturally occurring in that area," says Radig.

Radig says the owner of the property is not connected to the dumped socks. The property was purchased at a sheriff's sale earlier this year. He also says that the area will be sectioned off and does not pose any immediate health risks to those living in the area.

The Health Department says it will reach out to the Department of Mineral Resources to see if the site qualifies for funding clean up efforts, like the site in Noonan.

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