Recent testimony by the DEP Bureau of Laboratories technical director, Taru Upadhyay brought to light that DEP in its analysis of residential drinking water, is not reporting all the chemicals discovered in test results of residential drinking water. Instead they are implementing a policy which uses a specialized computer-code system that only reports to residents whose water was tested over concerns of adverse effects from gas drilling operations, the findings for 8 out of 24 total contaminants tested for. Many of the excluded 16 heavy metals are carcinogenic and known to pose human health hazards; some have been found in flowback and produced water from drilling operations.
Clean Water Action has grave concerns that these procedures and procedures and is calling for a positive response and swift action to correct this practice and ensure that the DEP is living up to its responsibility to look out for the public’s best interest.
Please send a message to Governor Corbett and your state legislators. Ask them to join you and demand that DEP release full test results for potentially contaminated drinking water.
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