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Report: Tar sands mining pollution far worse than industry reports

from Common Dreams via eNews Park Forest

The amount of pollutants being emitted from tar sands extraction sites in Alberta is far higher than industry-reported estimates, according to research published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Using predictive computer models, University of Toronto Environmental Chemistry professor Frank Wania and his Ph.D. candidate Abha Parajulee found that officially reported emissions of the atmospheric pollutants known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons do not factor in "indirect pathways" of pollution, such as those which blow off mining sites or evaporate from tailings ponds. more


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