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Sat Jun 29, 2013, 09:57 AM

EPA tells Ohio to stop keeping fracking secrets from first responders

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EPA tells Ohio to stop keeping fracking secrets from first responders

By John Upton

Ohio firefighters, cops, and local officials might soon learn a little bit more about the poisons that frackers are storing and injecting into the ground beneath their feet.

The U.S. EPA told the state that a 12-year-old Ohio law that lets the fracking industry conceal information from emergency-management officials and first responders violates federal law. From The Columbus Dispatch:


"The state law, passed in 2001, requires that drilling companies share information about hazardous chemicals only with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which is supposed to keep the information available for local officials.

But federal EPA officials take a different view. A letter mailed in May to state emergency officials and environmental activist Teresa Mills states that the Right-to-Know Act of 1986 supersedes the Ohio law...." MORE at link

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Response to theHandpuppet (Original post)

Sat Jun 29, 2013, 10:44 AM

1. It's a step. We MUST keep intense pressure on EPA and state regulatory offices.

 

This secrecy shit has got to stop.

We need much tighter regs on fracking.

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Response to theHandpuppet (Original post)

Sat Jun 29, 2013, 11:33 AM

2. A law imposing such secrecy is is really shocking. It defies logic.

Thanks for posting.

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Response to snagglepuss (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 29, 2013, 01:46 PM

3. Yep, I really had no idea

The very notion that this kind of information could be kept secret is appalling. I wonder how many other states are withholding the truth about fracking from their citizens?

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