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Fracking Chemical Disclosure Will Increase Risk, Industry Group Says

chemical testingThe EPA’s proposed rules requiring companies to disclose the composition of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing will lead to lost jobs and increased product risk, according to comments submitted to the agency by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates.

Some SOCMA members, the majority of which are small businesses, manufacture chemicals used in oil and gas exploration, including fracking. Protecting trade secrets is important, the organization says, specifically in an industry where it is difficult to launch a product into commerce.

SOCMA says it supports enhancing public confidence in the chemical industry — but transparency done the wrong way can lead to mining from foreign competitors before chemicals enter commerce.

The organization also says the EPA is duplicating reporting requirements because voluntary initiatives between manufacturers, in collaboration with local state and federal agencies — such as FracFocus — are under way.

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4 thoughts on “Fracking Chemical Disclosure Will Increase Risk, Industry Group Says

  1. Full disclosure of the chemicals being used will certainly lead to lost jobs because once the public knows what is being injected into the ground they will demand a stop to it. Who would want benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene, etc. anywhere near their water supply?

  2. so, let’s get this straight. Poisoned water is out trumped by trade secrets? Let’s have the people opposing transparency drink a quart of fracked water every day.

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