BISMARCK, N.D. — Officials in a western North Dakota county are asking for more information about a mobile oilfield waste treatment plant that’s proposed in the Bakken formation.

The North Dakota Department of Health will hold a public hearing Thursday to discuss White Wing Limited’s application for a radioactive materials license, The Bismarck Tribune reported .

White Wing Limited is proposing to process, filter and separate oilfield waste with naturally occurring radioactive material. The company doesn’t plan to collect or store oilfield waste, but would immediately dispose it at a special landfill.

The application says that if the level of radioactivity of the waste is higher than the level accepted in the state, it will be transported out of North Dakota and taken to a permitted landfill.

Company officials said they expect the plant mainly to operate in McKenzie, Dunn, Williams and Mountrail counties.

The Dunn County Commission and about a dozen citizens have submitted letters to the health department that raise questions about the proposal.

Dunn County Commission Chairman Reinhard Hauck said commissioners want to know more information about how the waste is transported and how it will be verified that it was taken to the proper disposal site. Others said they want more information about the company’s experience and qualifications.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com