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Monday, February 28, 2011

Pure Water

Now enhanced with radium and other fun carcinogens!

With hydrofracking, a well can produce over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground. Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the wastewater by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself.
While the existence of the toxic wastes has been reported, thousands of internal documents obtained by The New York Times from the
Environmental Protection Agency, state regulators and drillers show that the dangers to the environment and health are greater than previously understood.
The documents reveal that the wastewater, which is sometimes hauled to sewage plants not designed to treat it and then discharged into rivers that supply drinking water, contains radioactivity at levels higher than previously known, and far higher than the level that federal regulators say is safe for these treatment plants to handle.

I'm not sure that my local water authority even tests for some of this stuff! I suppose I could switch to bottled water, but since the bottling plants' water comes from the same damn rivers, I doubt it will make any difference. On the bright side, I should be able to find the sink without turning on the lights from the eerie bluish glow.

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