Studies: Families and advocates criticize Pa.’s fracking health studies

NPR discusses Families and advocates criticize Pa.’s fracking health studies. State announced $3.9 M studies after pressure from families of rare cancer patients in SW PA.

Two state-funded studies to determine whether fracking had anything to do with a group of childhood cancer cases in southwestern Pennsylvania are receiving criticism from advocates for affected families.

Gov. Wolf announced the studies last year after pressure from families of cancer patients in Washington County. The state says it will be partnering with an academic institution to conduct the studies, but has not announced which one.

But at a recent online ‘town hall’ on the topic, advocates for the families of some of children and young adults who have been diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a rare cancer, say they are being cut out of the process of constructing the studies.

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