Radioactive fracking waste

Radioactive materials unearthed by the fracking process can be bound together into solids with other waste products, according to researchers at Duke University. Fracking wastewater and acid mine drainage each pose well-documented environmental and public health risks, explains Avner Vengosh, He and his colleagues have carried out laboratory tests to show that if blended in the appropriate proportions fracking contaminants can easily be removed from waste water before it is discharged back into waterways. This could be an effective way to treat Marcellus Shale hydraulic fracturing wastewater, while providing a beneficial use for acid mine drainage that currently is contaminating waterways in much of the northeastern United States, Vengosh adds.