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KHRT ND News - Monday - 08/19/19 - Morning Edition

A landfill north of Williston could soon become the first facility in North Dakota to accept higher levels of radioactive oilfield waste under new state regulations....

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A landfill north of Williston could soon become the first facility in North Dakota to accept higher levels of radioactive oilfield waste under new state regulations.

    The Bismarck Tribune reports Secure Energy Services is seeking permits allowing it to dispose of radioactive material at its 13-Mile Landfill, which already accepts other types of waste generated by oil development.

    The Health Department increased the allowable concentrations of technologically enhanced radioactive material - or TENORM - to be disposed of at approved landfills from 5 picocuries per gram to 50 picocuries per gram in 2016. Picocuries are a measure of radioactivity.

    The change was controversial at the time, drawing lengthy hearings and a lawsuit from environmental groups.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A study finds that converting a historic North Dakota railroad bridge into a pedestrian bridge can be done but it would be expensive.

    Landscape architecture professors at North Dakota State University looked at repurposing the Bismarck-Mandan Rail Bridge as a footbridge. The Bismarck Tribune reports the report concluded that would cost almost $6.9 million.

    Proponents of saving the structure acknowledge that they don't yet have any funding commitments.

    Bridge owner BNSF Railway maintains that converting the 136-year-old bridge - rather than demolishing it - would delay a needed new bridge and also cause safety concerns.

    The bridge over the Missouri River connects Bismarck and Mandan. Friends of the Rail Bridge is proposing to convert the bridge into a pedestrian and bicycle path.


     AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Dozens of countries use dental therapists to bring basic dental care to remote areas, often tribal reservations. But in the U.S., dentists and their powerful lobby have battled legislatures for years on the drive to allow therapists, who perform basic procedures and leave the more complex work to dentists. The tide is starting to turn, though.

    Several states have recently passed laws authorizing dental therapists. Among them are Vermont and Connecticut. Some states won the support of dentists after bills required higher levels of education that are still less than what a dentist requires. But the states looking to allow therapists must also find ways to train them. Only two states, Alaska and Minnesota, have educational programs. Some lawmakers in Maine are optimistic about Vermont's efforts to set up a dental therapy program with distance-learning options.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Gov. Doug Burgum has appointed a former Wyoming transportation commissioner to lead North Dakota's transportation department. Burgum says William Panos will start the job in North Dakota on Oct. 21. He replaces Tom Sorel, a former Minnesota transportation commissioner who resigned after less than two years on the job in North Dakota. Panos served as Wyoming transportation commissioner from 2008 to 2012. He has served as Lake County, Illinois' chief administrative officer only since July.


   (Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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