YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A study by a major university has found a link between fracking activity and radon levels in nearby homes.
Scientists from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health published the report Thursday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
Radon is a radioactive poisonous gas with no taste, color or odor. It can cause lung cancer. The study mentions that there may be factors besides fracking that may have contributed to increased radon levels, including tighter sealing of buildings.
The researchers took a look at radon data from homes in Pennsylvania. The highest concentrations of radon were found in counties with the most hydraulic fracturing well activity.
According to the advocacy group Innovation Ohio, there are about 6 operating wells in Columbiana County, with dozens more permitted, or being drilled, throughout the Mahoning Valley.