New Study Finds Oil Sands Pollutants Underestimated by Official Estimates

The emission levels of some pollutants from the Athabasca oil sands may be higher than previous official estimates, according to researchers at the University of Toronto. The focus of the study, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), are listed as priority pollutants by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and known to exhibit carcinogenic and mutagenic properties.“When dealing with chemicals that have such great potential to harm people and animals, it is absolutely vital that we truly understand how, and how much they are being released…

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