Legislative District 11

Posted on: January 8, 2015

01/08/15 - Fracking Wastewater

Something that has been flying below the radar is the even greater underlying issue with Fracking. Although Fracking itself has been known to possibly create earthquakes and contaminate our drinking water, the wastewater from the process is just as bad. Fracking companies were ready to send this waste to our local sewage treatment plants which do not have the capability of processing such a substance. We worked to ban the waste from entering the treatment plants. Than the wastewater had the potential to be sold and distributed as a road de-icer as well as a construction material (to keep down dust while an area is being developed). What was overlooked is that this industrial waste contains approximately 2,500 different chemicals, about 600 known and possible carcinogens, and two radon isotopes. Spreading this on our roads to melt ice would be just the same as laying down radioactive waste for the people to walk on, and this simply is unacceptable. Therefore, we created legislation this past summer that was passed in November to ban the waste from ever entering the County of Nassau.

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