TENORM Regulations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia

Sept. 26, 2016

Marcellus Shale Coalition 2016 TENORM Presentation

Marcellus Shale Coalition "Shale Insight" Conference, 2016

Last week, Dade Moeller/NV5* senior health physicists Alan Fellman and Clark Barton attended the Marcellus Shale Coalition's (MSC) "Shale Insight" Conference on September 21 and 22 in Pittsburgh.

Panel Discussion

As part of a panel discussion on waste management, titled "Managing Wastes in the Unconventional Industry from Generation to Disposal," Alan delivered a presentation on disposal options for TENORM, focusing on the Marcellus tri-state area of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.


TENORM = Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material


Alan's talk focused on the lack of consistency among state regulations related to sanitary landfill disposal of materials impacted by TENORM and the implications of the various state regulations on TENORM waste generators. In Ohio and West Virginia, for example, current regulations prohibit any TENORM disposal in landfills (defined as material containing more than 5 pCi/g combined Ra-226 and Ra-228 above background), whereas Pennsylvania has implemented a rather confusing system that allows individual landfills to accept some TENORM wastes, with "moving" monthly concentration limits and total mass acceptance limits determined by numerous factors. 

Exhibit Hall

Alan and Clark also met with many conference attendees at our Dade Moeller/NV5 booth in the exhibit hall, discussing ways we can provide radiation safety services for organizations with TENORM issues.

Alan's Upcoming MSC Presentation

At the next regular meeting of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, October 26-27 in State College, Pennsylvania, Alan Fellman will be giving a 30-minute presentation on potential health risks from TENORM as part of the Health and Safety Committee meeting.

We hope to see you there!


*Dade Moeller joined NV5 Global, Inc., in May 2016 to integrate Dade Moeller's safety & health, radiation protection, and environmental quality capabilities with NV5's engineering, infrastructure, and program management resources. Our combined capabilities bring effective solutions to complex issues. Learn more here.

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