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Dunmore Pennsylvania landfill accepting gas drilling waste that may be radioactive

February 22, 2011

The Scranton Times Tribune is reporting that a landfill in Dunmore PA has accepted at least 17,710 tons of heavy metal and radioactive drill-cutting waste from four natural gas companies that state officials say poses no public health risk.

All of the drilling waste includes the undisclosed dangerous chemicals that make up the fracking cocktail mixture flow-back and brine, all the drilling diesel, naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) including radium-226 that are in the Marcellus Shale rock, and many naturally occurring substances like arsenic and mercury that are disturbed in the drilling process.  There is also the added heavy truck traffic to haul out all of this material to landfills.  Glenn C. Miller, Ph.D., environmental chemist at the University of Nevada says, “Exactly what the risks are, I think they are still evolving.  It’s not well-defined.”

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