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EPA to Regulate Fracking Waste Water

New guidelines will target fluid disposal

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to regulate the disposal of the fluid used in hydraulic fracturing—or fracking—the new and controversial technique used to access natural gas reserves. Fracking involves blasting underground gas deposits with water and chemicals. The EPA will offer guidelines, set to take effect in 2014, that will regulate what chemicals the wastewater can contain when it is sent to municipal processing facilities. The announcement was praised both by environementalist and the natural gas industry.

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