Ravi Engineering & Land Surveying, P.C. (RE&LS) together with Brydges – environment, engineering, and energy (BE3) has encountered radioactive waste in the form of slag and slag-like material while performing environmental due diligence on residential and commercial properties in the City of Niagara Falls over the past couple of years. In all circumstances, approximately 200 to 800 tons of radioactive waste required excavation and disposal out-of-state.
Since the United States embarked on its attempts to be environmentally conscious beginning with the Clean Water and Air Acts of 1972 through the Low-Level Radioactive Waste (LLRW) Policy Act and CERCLA of 1980, Western New York has always been a topic of discussion regarding environmental problems/issues. Most people know about Love Canal, the West Valley Demonstration Project, and Manhattan Engineering District (MED) Sites of Linde and NFSS. However, these much more publicized and scrutinized concerns pale in comparison to a radiological issue that seems to be ubiquitous within Western New York, primarily Niagara County: Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM), primarily in the form of slag, as byproducts from natural ore/elemental/metals mining and processing.
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