EPA to Set Standards For Fracking Waste Removal
October 20th, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will set standards for disposing of fracking waste water in 2014 after finding that pollutants have been entering waste water due to inadequate treatment of fracking waste. The announcement comes as a boon to environmental groups that oppose fracking.
Environmental Advocates of New York released a statement praising the EPA and insisting that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation should heed the warning.
“Environmental Advocates of New York commends the U.S. EPA for announcing plans to set a national standard for the disposal of toxic fracking wastewater. In doing so, the agency recognizes the lack of consistent standards to protect the nation’s waters and wastewater infrastructure from industrial gas drilling. Governor Cuomo and the Department of Environmental Conservation should act now to prohibit New York’s aging sewage plants from accepting wastes these facilities cannot–and were never meant to–treat. Only by prohibiting New York’s sewage plants from accepting fracking wastes can we ensure that our waters and wastewater infrastructure are protected.”By David King on October 20, 2011, 4:14 pm
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