Special to The Herald
NEWINGTON - State Rep. Gary Byron, R-Newington, supported a measure in the Environment Committee that would ban the importation, processing and/or treatment of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) toxic waste in Connecticut.
Fracking is the process of extracting natural gas through hydraulics, chemicals and explosives. Fracking waste contains chemicals that are known to cause cancer and organ damage.
“Bringing this dangerous waste to Connecticut for disposal with trucks on our state roadways poses the risk of accidents, spills, and contamination of private and public lands, drinking and surface waters, and costly repairs to road and publicly-owned treatment systems,” Byron said.
The legislation, SB-103, would prohibit the receipt, collection, storage, treatment and disposal of waste from hydraulic fracturing in Connecticut.
The bill awaits further action.