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Dickinson Co. Supervisors Again Discuss Deposit Of Oil Contaminated Material In Local Landfill

Tue 8-7-2018

(Spirit Lake)-- There was another very lengthy discussion at this (Tues.) morning's Dickinson County Board of Supervisors meeting regarding oil-contaminated soil and vegetation being disposed at the Dickinson County Landfill east of Arnolds Park. The material was contaminated as the result of a derailment of a BNSF train in June near Doon.

After outlining an extensive list of developments that have taken place over the past two weeks into the matter, and once again hearing comments from some members of the public and state legislators, the supervisors identified several questions they want to have addressed including why an emergency disaster plan allegedly wasn't followed. They also want answers to questions over procedures used to test the material being deposited, as well as long term monitoring and testing of wells surrounding the landfill, and to see if there's anything that can be done to make those results public.

They also plan to again be in contact with the Governor's Office to request a public meeting with representatives of the various entities involved. They hope to have answers to the previously mentioned questions prior to the public meeting being held.