Radioactive Waste Management Associates for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network / By Marvin Resnikoff
[Bucks County Register] The Bristol-based Delaware Riverkeeper Network is criticizing the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for a report the network says inadequately examined the radioactivity of wastewater created by natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale.
A report from the Riverkeepers examined the DEP’s “Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactivity Materials Study Report,” which was released in January. The study, which was initiated in 2013, concluded “there is little potential” for radiation exposure to those extracting or using natural gas, or to workers at facilities that treat the waste products created by its removal.
The Riverkeeper network analysis took issue with the methodology used in the report.
“(Our) critique concludes that PADEP failed to fully evaluate and take action regarding the impacts on the public, workers, and the environment of dangerous levels of radioactivity in materials produced by hydraulic fracturing,” the release stated.
The Riverkeeper report accused the state of using inaccurate radon measurements at drilling sites, inaccurate sampling methods for the element radium-226 and failing to properly test stream water quality, as well as other issues…