Tests: Water, air around landfill safe despite nuclear waste

IRVINE, Ky. (AP) – Estill County officials say all tests so far have shown the air and water to be safe around a local landfill where low-level nuclear waste was illegally dumped last year.

Judge-Executive Wallace Taylor told WKYT-TV on Monday that preliminary tests show no radiation in the water, but one sample from a pond on the landfill’s property did show elevated lead levels.

Preliminary air samples taken last week also showed no evidence of radiation affecting the schools across the street.

Taylor says further air and water tests are scheduled for this weekend.

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

Taylor says officials are working on a settlement that would require the landfill to scan the contents of every truck that enters the property.