County pledges to investigate landfill’s nuclear waste

IRVINE, Ky. (AP) — Estill County officials are furious after not being told by Kentucky officials that low-level nuclear waste from drilling operations in other states was dumped illegally in their county last year.

Judge-Executive Wallace Taylor told news outlets Friday that the state knew about the waste for a couple of weeks, but the county just found out about it Thursday.

Taylor says he and other county leaders will fight to determine how the waste ended up in the landfill and to ensure there is no public health risk.

Officials have confirmed the waste came from operations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Taylor says the county will do its own testing water levels at the landfill and nearby schools rather than relying completely upon the word of the state and landfill operator.