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Marcellus shale sludge rejected in Washington Co. sent to W.Va.

| Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 11:50 p.m.

Range Resources on Tuesday disposed of Marcellus shale drilling sludge in West Virginia that was deemed too radioactive for a Washington County landfill.

The Cecil-based company sent two roll-off boxes of material from a well pad in Smith Township in Washington County to Meadowfill Landfill in Bridgeport, W.Va., spokesman Matt Pitzarella said. On March 1, representatives from Arden Landfill in Chartiers turned the material away after it tripped radioactivity monitors.

“It's incredibly rare that you get hits for any radiation that all landfills cannot accept,” Pitzarella said, noting that hospital materials and municipal waste also contain radiation. “This same scenario exists in every single industry.”

Range Resources returned the material to the work site to be tested before finding a place to dispose of it. No residents or workers were at risk, said John Poister, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

DEP planned to send an oil and gas inspector to the pad this week for further inspection, Poister said.

Jason Cato is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7936 or jcato@tribweb.com.

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