Radioactive waste disposal and storage bill passes in Senate

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BISMARCK, N.D. - A Senate bill putting more restrictions on radioactive waste disposal and storage in North Dakota passed in the Senate.

An amendment to the bill added one definition to make it more specific to the high level radioactive waste, rather than the low level of radiation that naturally occurs. It will allow the industrial commission to investigate and penalize any person or company that violates the rule.

“We also added amendment to add two members from the legislature. This council will be reviewing the site proposals and issuing an approval or disapproval to the legislature or industrial commission,” said Sen. Jim Roers, R-Fargo.

The Senate passed the bill 42-3 and it will go to the House to be voted on.