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EPA: NY Should Map Gas Wells, Set Radiation Limits

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency said New York regulators should set limits for radioactive materials in gas-drilling wastewater sent to public treatment plants before allowing any hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells in the state.

That's one of the federal agency's comments submitted Wednesday night on the state Department of Environmental Conservation's proposed rules for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The EPA also recommends that the DEC develop a map of gas wells and update it at least monthly with the stage of operations on each site. The publicly accessible map would also show public water wells and intakes.

Wednesday was the last day for comment on the state's proposal. DEC says no drilling permits will be issued until comments are reviewed and any necessary changes made to the guidelines and regulations.

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