Thanks to EPA for investigating contaminated drinking water in Pennsylvania

Last August I thanked the U.S. EPA for responding to community concerns about contaminated drinking water in Pavillion, Wyoming. You may remember the photo of the contamination in someone's water filter:

Now I want to thank EPA again, this time for investigating contaminated drinking water in Hickory, Pennsylvania. Initial testing of the Smitsky family well found acrylonitrile, a chemical that is used in hydraulic fracturing. Many people are grateful that the federal agency responsible for protecting drinking water is finally working to get to the bottom of contamination incidents. Here is a photo of the Smitsky's water; it used to be clean and drinkable:

 Contaminated drinking water

Thanks to the Pavillion Area Concerned Citizens and Darrell Smitsky for the use of these photos.

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Amy Mall

Senior Policy Analyst, Land & Wildlife program

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