Running Relatively free of Radiation

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The DEP tested seven rivers that flow in proximity to Marcellus Shale gas drilling and found the samples to be at levels or below the normal rate of naturally occurring radioactivity.

The DEP sampled downstream of wastewater treatment plants that draw so called “flowback and production water” from the Marcellus play, which is the result of mixing chemicals to remove gas, better known as fracking.

“We deal in facts based on sound science,” said DEP acting Secretary Michael Krancer. “Here are the facts: all samples were at or below background levels of radioactivity; and all samples showed levels below the federal drinking water standard for Radium 226 and 228.”

The sampling stations were constructed last fall to monitor quality, and the tests were run in November and December.

The river testing stations that were evaluated are the Monongahela at Charleroi in Washington County; South Fork Ten Mile Creek in Greene County; Conemaugh in Indiana County; Allegheny at Kennerdell in Venango County; Beaver in Beaver County; Tioga in Tioga County; and the West Branch of the Susquehanna in Lycoming County.

(A couple of Pennsylvania water companies recently announced it will also conduct testing at intake sites, and you can read more about that on Rock The Capital.)


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