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U.S. EPA opens comment on federal fracking chemical disclosure
Environmentalists say it would be progress; the industry calls it unnecessary
Story by LYNDSEY SCHLEY


 
The federal EPA is considering new rules on the disclosure of chemicals used in fracking.
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The federal EPA has opened comment on ways to get oil and gas companies to disclose the chemicals they use during fracking.

Melanie Houston is from the Ohio Environmental Council. She says this is a move in the right direction.

Houston says in Ohio, Senate Bill 315 would expand disclosure of these chemicals, but does not go far enough. She says operators can claim some chemicals as trade secrets.

In those cases, Houston says only adjacent property owners or people who claim they have been harmed by the chemicals can receive the information.

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“Public citizens across the nation and in Ohio are rightfully concerned, outraged by the health impacts that are being directly associated with this industry," Houston says. "There’s some very harsh and nasty chemicals that are used in the process of hydraulic fracturing.”

Houston says these chemicals include low concentrations of formaldehyde, hydrochloric acid and anti-freeze.

The American Petroleum Institute says new rules would be “unnecessary and duplicative.”

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