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Lancaster Pennsylvania to test Susquehanna Riverwater for radioactivity

April 5, 2011

Wastewater from Marcellus Shale unconventional natural gas development in Pennsylvania has the water treatment plant in Lancaster on high alert.  Bromides (which cause the production of THM cancer-causing compounds during the processing of drinking water) and Radioactivity from the fracking process released into the waterways result in additional testing being needed at the facilities.

Approximately 12 million gallons a day flow through these pipes at the Lancaster water plant and additional testing of this water is critical due to Marcellus Shale wastewater containing NORM and salty Bromide.

“The Susquehanna River provides about half of the drinking water for 110,000 people in the city and its suburbs.”

“It’s a huge concern for us. It’s such a new animal for everyone in the state,” said Charlotte Katzenmoyer, the city’s public works director.

“We still have to test and be proactive,” John Holden, water production manager for the Lancaster Bureau of Water said. “We don’t want to be caught. We’ll find out what we need to test for and test for it.”

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