Watching Government: Air and water

The US Environmental Protection Agency last month quietly published a final report that evaluates the impact of hydraulic fracturing on underground drinking water sources.The agency said no additional study is needed because the practice of injecting fluids into coal bed methane wells poses a minimal threat; a similar conclusion was made in a controversial August 2002 draft.Environmentalists criticized EPA's draft and now-final report; it relied too much on industry-backed data, they said.Peer reviews, processEPA defended its latest findings, saying that in making its decision it reviewed more than 200 peer- reviewed publications, other research, and public comments.Federal environmen...

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