Pollution

"New Study Raises Possible Link Between Gas Drilling And Radon Levels"

"Radon levels in buildings near unconventional natural gas development in Pennsylvania are higher than those in other areas of the state, suggesting that hydraulic fracturing has opened up new pathways for the carcinogenic gas to enter people’s homes, according to a study published on Thursday. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer worldwide."

Source: StateImpact Pennsylvania, 04/10/2015

Ohio Fighting Feds Over Plan To Dump Dredging Waste in Lake Erie

"Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig W. Butler and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director James Zehringer today announced that the state has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its plan to place dredge material from Cleveland Harbor, which includes six miles of the Cuyahoga River, in Lake Erie or not dredge the entire navigation channel unless a non-federal partner pays to place it in confined disposal facilities."

Source: Norwalk Reflector, 04/08/2015

Appeals Court Sets Back Suit To Limit Nutrients From Mississippi River

"A federal appeals court Tuesday (April 7) ordered a New Orleans federal judge to reconsider his ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency must decide whether more stringent rules are needed to curb the flow of fertilizer and other nutrient pollutants into the Mississippi River to stem the size of a low-oxygen "dead zone" that forms along Louisiana's coast each spring."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 04/08/2015

Fracking Chemicals: What We Know — and What We Don't

You have to give the U.S. EPA some credit. The agency has done quite a bit to let the public know about some of the toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. EPA on March 27, 2015, published a database of nearly 700 of those chemicals, which is a good start and shows how open-source and non-governmental efforts can overcome industry efforts to hide data on toxics.

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