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Antero agrees to radiation testing at waste disposal plant in W.Va. settlement

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection reached a settlement agreement with two citizen groups and Antero Resources Corp. over a disputed permit for a new natural gas waste disposal facility.

Antero agreed to submit amendments to the regulator that would add certain conditions to the permit, including monthly surface water, salt and groundwater sampling for radiation detection. In exchange, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy withdrew their appeal of the permit's issuance.

"Once submitted, [Antero] agrees to pursue the above-mentioned conditions until incorporated into the permit and not to challenge any of the above-listed conditions," the agreement said.

The settlement resolves the West Virginia groups' appeal, in which they claimed the department improperly issued the permit because it allows the discharge of wastewater and other pollutants into tributaries of the Hughes River within five miles upstream of a public water system intake.