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Mercer County, Fracking Waste, & Pro-Life Concerns

Updated: Feb 10

Addressing the possibility of radioactive fracking waste coming to our region is imperative. Many of us, myself included, cannot cognitively visualize and fully grasp the molecular activity involved with this. We depend on honesty from those trained in this area of science concerning the potential harms. It is my understanding that a large part of the community may not know this change of scenery is even on the horizon.

"Landfills are required to treat leachate or somehow capture and transport it to other treatment facilities, but there are no requirements that landfills trace the leachate from fracking waste. This means that radioactive leachate may be threatening our waters without us knowing." is stated in a PennFuture blog

The fact is, this scenario is looming over us, our children, and our grandchildren.

"It is within 4 miles of our community's city drinking water, our schools, and numerous parks within the area," said Jen Michel, President of CEASRA.

The radioactive material will potentially be dumped into a tributary near Black Run, near Big Rail Brewing, passing through Keystone Safari, and emptying into Wolf Creek. Currently there is no limit on the amount of radium-226 that can be dumped into a Pennsylvania stream.

4000 tons of waste estimated daily.

Radioactive radium has a 1000 year half-life.

A 50 foot silo burning methane gas.

800 trucks a day through the region.

There is no plan that I have been informed of to treat and remove radioactivity from waste.

There are risk to airplanes, death to pilots and passengers, due to bird strikes. A facility, or "trash mountain", of this type is not to be within 10,000 feet of an airport. However, there appears to be a mysterious exception here in the case of being within 6000 feet of the Grove City Airport.

The 40 foot mountain of fracking waste also won't likely do favors for the air Mercer and Butler County residents breathe.

Combining all factors, those who are unborn to those in their latter years, there lie deep concerns for human life. Some consequences to the unborn being exposed to radioactive materials ingested and breathed in by their mothers can include impaired fetal growth, birth defects, and brain damage. Cancers are also associated.

Many years of radium exposure can result in the increased risks of some type of cancer, particularly bone or lung cancer, liver and breast cancer, anemia, and cataracts. Low level radium levels are considered normal, but will areas surrounding this fracking waste mountain be maintained at "normal"?

"On January 8, the State's Environmental Hearing Board ruled in favor of the landfill. This means Tri-County can now operate the waste landfill on 99 acres in Liberty and Pine Townships." according to WFMJ

Would you like to know how you can help the final efforts to appeal this decision and keep this out of our community? Contact today. There is the opportunity to donate to invest in CEASRA's litigation. You can also write a personal letter to the Chairman of the House Environmental Committee:

Greg Vitali

1001 East Darby Rd.

Haverton, PA 19083

Rhiannon Welton

Executive Director


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