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ND to pay for cleanup of illegal oil waste dumping

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota will pay for the cleanup of illegally dumped radioactive oil field waste found on the outskirts of a tiny northwestern North Dakota town.

A document obtained by The Associated Press shows that regulators plan to announce a contractor to clean up the site near Noonan on Monday. North Dakota doesn't have a special fund aimed at cleaning up oilfield waste. Instead, the state will be allowed tap into another fund meant for plugging and reclaiming abandoned oil wells and pipelines.

Authorities have no leads on who may have left the oil filter socks in the abandoned auto shop in Noonan. They say the building's owner normally would have to pay for the cleanup but he was charged with felony larceny in an unrelated incident and hasn't been found.