- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

KILLDEER, N.D. (AP) - State officials are forcing the closure of a waste-treatment facility in the North Dakota oil patch that has a history of violations.

The Renewable Resources facility north of Killdeer took oil-contaminated waste and recycled it into usable materials. State officials said problems in recent years included unreported spills and storing more waste than allowed. In February, a welder at the plant was injured in an explosion while he was working on a tank that authorities said had not been properly cleaned of fumes.

“We’ve given them lots of chances to work on correcting all of these problems,” Health Department Waste Management Director Scott Radig told KXMA-TV (https://bit.ly/2dNSmsy ). “They’ve got some things taken care of, to their credit. However, not everything has been.”

The state Industrial Commission last week declined to permit the plant because of the issues and because the facility sits atop the Killdeer Aquifer.

Renewable Resources CEO Shawn Kluver said he thinks the violations were minor and that “we always took every measure to protect the aquifer.” He also said the company has worked hard to meet the state’s conditions and he doesn’t understand the decision of regulators to force the facility to close.

“We’ve been inspected weekly over the past three months (and) every week there’s always been an improvement,” he said. We’ve continued to work forward satisfying them.”


Information from: KXMB-TV, https://www.kxnet.com

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