Hydraulic fracturing technique will be regulated in the US at the federal level, soon

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will monitor compliance with this obligation and other related aspects. This is the federal answer to a petition by the environmental group Earthjustice under a section of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).“Today’s announcement represents an important step in increasing the public’s access to information on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing activities,” said James Jones, EPA’s assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Earthjustice had asked the EPA to require chemical manufacturers and processors to publish detailed information about the content of fluids used in fracking. Actually, some residents in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas, where fracking has led to a natural-gas boom, claim the technology may contaminate drinking water and add to air and soil pollution. For the instant, EPA issued the “advanced notice of proposed rulemaking” and will gather public reactions for 90 days.

Hydraulic fracturing technique will be regulated in the US at the federal level, soon

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