13 Nov '11, 6pm

Pittsburgh’s drinking water is radioactive, thanks to fracking. Only question is, how much? via @grist

Pittsburgh’s drinking water is radioactive, thanks to fracking. Only question is, how much? via @grist

The article makes the important point that in Pennsylvania -- where fracking has exploded over the past few years -- the vast majority of drilling wastewater is being handled in sewage treatment plants that discharge into surface water bodies (like the Susquehanna, Delaware, and Monongahela Rivers, which collectively supply over 21 million people with drinking water). [...] The same is true in New York. As conceded in the highly flawed draft environmental review document issued by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation in the fall of 2009, wastewaters contaminated with radionuclides and other hazardous substances generated in New York would have to be handled at treatment plants for discharge into surface waterbodies. The document further concedes that there are no adequately permitted facilities to handle this material in the state.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-02-28-pittsburgh-drinki...

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