But, the decision by the Attorney-General not to pursue criminal charges should be a warning to us all. (The county has filed civil charges.)
Kentucky has a law against the dumping of the type of nuclear wastes which were dumped, many tons so, still in Estill County...that much is not in dispute.
So, either (1) the attorney-general is wrong, (2) the law is too weak to be enforced or win in court, or (3) it has been badly administered…by the state (and almost surely ignored by the waste disposal industry.)
You know darn well that industry knew what it was bringing to Kentucky, and also should have know that stuff was prohibited. The history of this industry is replete with violations in many states, of many types of materials—as well as infiltrated by mob sources from Long Guyland and New Joisie (sorry Gov. Cuomo and Mr. Soprano). But that type of situation exists only because state laws are weak and badly enforced.
Kentucky has a rich and lousy history here. (Google Maxey Flats and especially a Courier-Journal editorial of June 2, 2015.
Estill Countians have a right to be upset---but so should all of us. (BTW, which came first...the landfill or the nearby county high school??)
For it continues to show, after Maxey Flats, we just haven’t learned.
I'm just sayin'...