Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Radiation From Fracking? Yes But Not a Big Problem (PADEP)

PADEP Says Not A Problem
" While many environmental issues whirl around the drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, at least we don’t have to worry about radiation.
In the most comprehensive study of the subject ever conducted, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection found that there is no concern of radiation exposure from fracking wells for oil or gas (PA DEP News Release).
Released last week, the Technologically-Enhanced Naturally-Occurring Radioactive Material, or TENORM, study, analyzed the levels of radioactivity associated with oil and gas development in Pennsylvania, particularly fracking. PA DEP Deputy Secretary Vince Brisini said the study concluded there is little potential for harm to workers or the public from radiation exposure from fracking for either oil or gas.
Only a few samples analyzed in the study were found with radiation levels above that of potato chips, which have the highest radioactivity of all foods.
Rocks, sediments and sands contain naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) such as uranium, thorium, potassium-40, carbon-14 and tritium (H-3) as well as their daughter products (see figure at end of post), particularly radon (Rn) and radium (Ra)."
A real problem is Radon in Air and Water in homes. Radon Air and Water Testing and Radon Measurement Training Course
Suggestions by Blog Owner.
1. Not all areas and deposits are the same and some deposits may be have high radioactivity.
2. All waste streams should be monitored and evaluated.
3. Workers protected and screened and waste streams properly managed and disposed.
4. If a beneficial use is proposed, this should require an experimental and limited permit to evaluate the risks and develop best management practices.

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