Radioactivity Of Fracking Waste Water Can Increase For More Than 100 Years

Mealey's (June 18, 2015, 10:24 AM EDT) -- RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) journal “Environmental Health Perspectives” (EHP) on April 2 published a study that concluded that radium decay products are initially absent from hydraulic fracturing waste water; however, radioactivity levels in waste water that is stored can increase for more than 100 years.

The researchers found that in systems closed to the release of gaseous radon, their model predicted that “decay products will begin to ingrow immediately and (under these closed-system conditions) can contribute to...
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