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Pennsylvania TENORM Report Concludes "Little Potential for Harm"

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the results of its highly anticipated study on potential exposure to Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (TENORM) associated with oil and gas development.  Initiated in January 2013 at the direction of Governor Tom Corbett, the study included sampling of drill cuttings, flowback and produced waters, and various treatment solids, as well as radiological surveying of well sites, landfills, and other areas involved in disposal or treatment of drilling wastes.  In general, the study found that “there is little potential for harm to workers or the public from radiation exposure due to oil and gas development”.  However, the study report includes recommendations for future actions, including additional research and investigation.