Hot News‎ > ‎

Pollution that's (not quite?) in 'the news'

posted Sep 25, 2014, 11:18 PM by Rachel Aronoff
Apparently, chronic health problems in rural areas of Wyoming (and perhaps many other places in America) are likely due to air pollution due to the practice of fracking.  Now, this is the kind of exposure that is not a choice of the inhabitants, but of the big businesses trying to get the last oil out of deep rock. Yet, the people are forced to breath benzene, toluene and a slew of other polyaromatic hydrocarbons (which impact genomic integrity, of course).  Action against this practice has begun to be taken, but it may be some time for anything to happen, even though new phrases have already resulted.  Try this one for size: induced seismicity - yes, earthquakes, not just toxic chemicals can be involved!  Take care!