Smart Choice In Ohio

Good news out of Columbus, Ohio on Monday, concerning the decision to quit using radioactive de-icer on state roads

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is finally acting, following lab tests that were done by the ODNR just over 4 years ago, that included one test result where there were 9,602 picocuries per liter of combined amounts of radium-226 and radium-228, were far above the legal limit in Ohio of 0.005 picocuries of radium per liter of oil and gas waste allowed in landfills.

That’s 1,920,000 times higher or over 1.9 million times higher!!!

Meantime, legislators in Harrisburg, who are fracker-friendly with the oil and gas industry, have been pushing to permit this same type of madness. Run-off from roadways quickly enters streams and waterways, and radium-226 has a half-life of sixteen hundred years!

“Radium-226 and radium-228, both found in brine waste from conventional and unconventional wells, are known carcinogens and can lead to bone, liver, and breast cancer in humans if levels are high enough, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Beth Harvilla, The Columbus Dispatch
Drillers are desperate to get rid of all their toxic wastewater, but they need to find a much safer way, if there even is one in Pennsylvania!

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