Testing Run-Off for Radiation in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus

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No longer leaving it to the unknown; two water companies will begin testing supplies for radiation in the coming weeks. The water in question flows into streams and rivers, potentially carrying radiation as it roles off the fracking line of the Marcellus Shale.

Fracking is the method used to extract natural gas, and there is concern that the waste water it produces contains radiation. The companies that will test are located in western Pennsylvania and include the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and Pennsylvania American Water.

In a written statement, obtained by Rock The Capital Pennsylvania American Water wrote the most recent sampling and analysis for finished and treated was conducted in 2008. The last sampling and analysis for radium was carried out in 2003, and the results of those tests were, according to the company, in compliance with limits set by the EPA and DEP.

The company says intends to measure levels of radium, gross alpha, and uranium at its intakes in raw water sources along the Monongahela River, Clarion River and the Allegheny River.

(To read more about what set the wheels in motion for this testing click on Rock The Capital.)

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