‘Smoking Gun’: Tar Sands Report Eviscerates Industry Claims | Common Dreams

The research, published Monday in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that since tar sands production began in earnest in 1978, deposits of PAHs—polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carcinogens that rank among the top 10 hazardous substances on the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry— have increased 2.5 to 23 times—to the point that some lakes are as contaminated as urban lakes.

Some types of PAHs have been linked to infertility, immune disorders and fish mutation, The Globe and Mail reports.

The study confirms what activists blocking the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline have long argued, which is that in addition to be toxic to the atmosphere when they are burned, extreme hydrocarbons like tar sands are extremely toxic to the local environment in and around the areas where they are mined.

via ‘Smoking Gun’: Tar Sands Report Eviscerates Industry Claims | Common Dreams.

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