Potential Increased Lung Cancer Risk Linked to Fracking: Study

A new study connects the proximity of fracking to higher household concentrations of radon gas, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. Researchers found that the shorter the distance a home is from a fracking well, the higher the radon concentration. Likewise, the larger the distance, the lower the radon concentration:

Chemical Free Life

We have posted a number of scientific findings over the past several years linking fracking to serious adverse health consequences (1, 2, 3, 4).  These studies have focused on the cocktail of highly toxic chemicals used in the fracking process that have been shown to leach into the groundwater. Now a new study has examined a completely different risk factor associated with fracking: excessive radon leaching into the airspace of the people whose homes are near fracking wells.  This is concerning because radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Study overview

A new study connects the proximity of fracking to higher household concentrations of radon gas, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US. The researchers used data from the publicly accessible Ohio Radon Information System (ORIS), which the U Toledo Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering started developing more…

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