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NC Needs No Nonsense Chemical Disclosure Rules

On Tues., Jan. 14, the full Mining & Energy Commission met to discuss and take action on the draft chemical disclosure and setback rules. Both rules deal with some of the most controversial aspects of fracking and as a result, there has been a lot of debate at previous MEC meetings.

edc_hazard_pic_0Fracking requires using a mixture of water and chemicals to break apart shale rock and release natural gas.  Unfortunately, those chemicals, some of which are known carcinogens, do not have to be disclosed because fracking is exempt from parts of the Safe Drinking Water Act.  More and more knowledge is coming to light and over the last few years researchers have studied more than 700 chemicals and found that ~100 of those are endocrine disruption chemicals (EDCs), or chemicals that alter hormones/chemical messengers in our bodies.

A recent study published in the journal of Endocrinology (view full research text) in December, 2013, found elevated levels of hormone disrupting chemicals in the Colorado River and in water wells close to fracking sites. Exposure to EDCs can cause may cause birth defects, cancerous tumor and other disorders that affect normal development, thus, babies and children are especially vulnerable.

The risks imposed by fracking chemicals are far too many and members of the commission should take those risks into consideration and vote for rules that do the most to protect the public by passing full disclosure of fracking chemicals so that they are accessible to emergency responders, health care professionals, and the general public.

You can be part of the regulatory process by attending the MEC meetings in person (details below) or by streaming the meeting online starting 9 AM. For more information about the MEC visit their homepage on the NC DENR website.

Archdale Building Ground Floor Hearing Room (512 N Salisbury St, Raleigh)
Click here to see full agenda.

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