July 24: Health Advisory Issued after Spill of Fracking Sand

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Health officials issued an advisory for residents after a spill of 580 tonnes of sand used in fracking. The spill has been cleaned up, but anyone who removed sand from the site should take precautions. So-called “frac sand” is a very fine crystalline silica material and direct exposure to or inhalation of it can pose a health risk. Precautions include wetting the sand by misting it with water to control dust and the release of airborne particulates. The AHS also recommends wearing goggles and respiratory protection.