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Health Council will redo meeting on radioactive waste rules

July 20, 2016 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s State Health Council will redo an August 2015 meeting during which it approved new rules for radioactive waste, in the wake of a lawsuit.

Environmental groups sued in April, alleging the meeting was held illegally. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem had issued an opinion in March saying the council violated state law by not providing adequate notice of the meeting.

The North Dakota Energy Industry Waste Coalition and the Dakota Resource Council want a judge to void the new rules allowing certain landfills to accept waste with higher levels of radioactivity.

The Bismarck Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/29V4CUr ) the council on Aug. 9 will conduct the meeting again and consider ratifying the decisions made a year ago.

Plaintiff’s attorney Sarah Vogel thinks the council is trying to make the lawsuit moot.

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