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In the news: Ziemkiewicz comments on radioactivity spike in Western Pa. rivers

Treated oil and gas wastewater flows into a western Pennsylvania stream. (Photo: Avner Vengosh, Duke)
Treated oil and gas wastewater flows into a Western Pennsylvania stream. (Photo: Avner Vengosh, Duke)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A research study concluded treatment plants handling conventional oil and gas wastewater are causing a buildup of naturally occurring radioactive materials at the bottom of three Western Pennsylvania waterways.

Paul Ziemkiewicz, director of West Virginia Water Research Institute, said drinking water facilities are required to remove radium from drinking water; the most obvious concern he has would be for the accumulation of radium in the food chain, and eventually, fish.

Read the full story by The Allegheny Front here.

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