Truck Delivering Waste From Fracking Operation Quarantined at Hazardous Waste Landfill As Too DangerousQuicklink submitted by Dennis Kaiser Permalink
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|On April 19, a truck delivering waste from a fracking operation in Greene County, PA, was quarantined after being rejected by a hazardous waste landfill as too dangerous. The truck was carrying highly radioactive radium-226 in concentrations 86 times higher than allowed per EPA limits. Radium is a routine by-product of fracking — the fossil fuel extraction method behind the ongoing “natural gas boom.” Radium, it should be noted, is a routine by-product of fracking — the fossil fuel extraction method behind the ongoing “natural gas boom.” “Radium is a well known contaminant in fracking operations,” writes Jeff McMahon at Forbes. John Poister, a spokesperson for Pennsylvania’s Dept of Environmental Protection, said “the material in question is radium 226, which is what we expect from shale drill cuttings.” Radium-226 is linked to various forms of cancer|
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