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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

EPA Scientific Advisory Board Recommends Changes to Report on Fracking

From The Hill:
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) scientific review board is criticizing a major agency study into fracking, saying officials need to offer more evidence backing up their claims.

In a Thursday letter, EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) told Administrator Gina McCarthy the agency “should provide quantitative analysis that supports its conclusion that hydraulic fracturing has not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources.”

The SAB concluded the fracking study was “comprehensive but lacking in several critical areas." It said the EPA needs to clarify its findings and present more evidence backing them up because “the statement has been interpreted by readers and members of the public in many different ways.”

The letter — from Peter Thorne, the chairman of the Science Advisory Board, and David Dzombak, the chairman of the board’s Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel — comes more than a year after the EPA published a 1,000-page draft study into the impacts of fracking on the national drinking water supply.
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