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Colorado wrestles with laws on radioactive waste

DENVER, Colo. - Colorado officials say a contradiction in state laws means that some types of low-level radioactive waste are being buried in landfills that aren't approved to handle it.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Friday the Legislature needs to change the laws. The department is asking landfill operators, industries and local governments if they would support a change.
The problem was first reported by The Denver Post ( ).
The department says it doesn't know how much of the waste is involved but does not believe it is an imminent threat to public health.
The department says the waste is material that is naturally radioactive and has been used or disturbed by an industrial or manufacturing process. Officials say the radioactivity is usually an unwanted component of the material.

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