Hormones are Disrupted in Fracking Wastewater in W. Virginia

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Article courtesy of Brian Bienkowski | April 6, 2016 | Environmental Health News | Shared as educational material

Water around and downstream from a fracking wastewater disposal facility in West Virginia contains compounds that may harm fish health by messing with endocrine systems that regulate hormones, according to a new study. Researchers found high levels of endocrine disruption activity in the water near or downstream from the wastewater site in Fayetteville, West Virginia. The study, published today in the journal Science of the Total Environment, adds to evidence that some chemicals in hydraulic fracturing waste are hormone-mimickers or blockers and are leaching out of wastewater disposal wells and into nearby water, potentially impacting fish and human health.

An estimated 100 out of 1000 chemicals used in industries are known endocrine disruptors. While some known endocrine-disrupting compounds were identified in the current study, it’s unclear which of these chemicals were responsible for the endocrine activity in West Virginia. The findings aren’t the first time frack waste has been linked to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Read more here :http://bit.ly/1SZwsgO.

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