[Sust-mar] Fracking and Children's Health

Barbara Harris bharris at ns.sympatico.ca
Wed Sep 5 14:21:17 EDT 2012

Health risks are not being evaluated in Nova Scotia's review of fracking. Find out why health issues need to be part of the discussion.  

Fracking, Shale Gas and Children’s Health: Toxins and Vulnerable Populations

When it comes to exposure to hazardous chemicals, children are not just little adults. “Children are more vulnerable to environmental hazards,” states the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, a subcommittee of the American Pediatric Society. “They eat, drink and breathe more than adults on a pound for pound basis.”(1)This means children are proportionally more exposed to toxins in air, water and food.

In areas of unconventional gas development, children are exposed to multiple industrial toxins, through air, and potentially through water and soil. Yet children’s health remains one of the many unexamined issues of this contentious industry.



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