If spreading radioactive waste on American roads was no big deal, environmentalists and scientists probably wouldn’t be freaking out; and, of course, people and animals wouldn’t be getting sick and dying. So how did this practice become legal and even celebrated by elected officials?
According to a recent article published in Rolling Stone magazine:
There is no one federal agency that specifically regulates the radioactivity brought to the surface by oil-and-gas development,” an EPA representative says. In fact, thanks to a single exemption the industry received from the EPA in 1980, the streams of waste generated at oil-and-gas wells — all of which could be radioactive and hazardous to humans — are not required to be handled as hazardous waste.”
There are many bizarre and disturbing facts revealed in this article, including a business owner bragging that he “soaks his sore feet” in his company’s radioactive concoction. Of course, that’s his choice; but according to at least one geochemist, that doesn’t mean his product is safe.
Thanks to Rolling Stone for exposing all of this and to everyone trying to stop it.
America’s Radioactive Secret
Oil-and-gas wells produce nearly a trillion gallons of toxic waste a year. An investigation shows how it could be making workers sick and contaminating communities across America
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