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Radiation elevated at fracking sites, researchers find

Researchers at Harvard released a new study Tuesday showing elevated radiation levels at fracking sites, citing the concerning levels could pose health risks to residents in the adjacent area.

The study was published in the journal Nature and details how the controversial hydraulic fracturing drilling sites are registering radiation levels above normal background levels, Reuters reported.

Sites within 12 miles downwind of 100 fracking wells were found to have radiation levels that are about 7 percent above normal background levels, according to the study.

Harvard researchers analyzed thousands of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s radiation monitor readings nationwide from 2011 to 2017 for its data.

The study added that readings could ascend much higher in areas closer to drilling sites or locations with higher concentrations of fracking wells.

“The increases are not extremely dangerous, but could raise certain health risks to people living nearby,” said the study’s lead author, Petros Koutrakis.

Koutrakis said the source of radiation is likely naturally occurring radioactive material brought to the surface by the high-pressure water pumps used to break down shale formations.

According to the study, the most significant increases in radiation levels occurred in Pennsylvania and Ohio, which have higher concentrations of naturally occurring radioactive material, compared to Texas and New Mexico, which registered lower readings.

Near conventional drilling operations, the study saw fewer increases in particle radiation levels.

Koutrakis said the study was conducted to determine whether radiation was released during the drilling process, adding, “Our hope is that once we understand the source more clearly, there will be engineering methods to control this.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwo ethics groups call on House to begin impeachment inquiry against Barr Trump relishes return to large rallies following COVID-19 diagnosis McGrath: McConnell ‘can’t get it done’ on COVID-19 relief MORE has lauded fracking for its economic benefits, allowing the U.S. to grow as one of the most significant oil and gas producers globally.

Still, the method of fracking is concerning to many environmental advocacy organizations and has been the subject of a proposed national fracking ban by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Federal officials press concerns about proposed mine near Georgia swamp, documents show | Trump falsely claims Green New Deal calls for ‘tiny little windows’ | Interior appeals migratory bird ruling Trump falsely claims Green New Deal calls for ‘tiny little windows’ Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Pence calling her ‘AOC’ during debate MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Darren SotoDarren Michael SotoHopes for DC, Puerto Rico statehood rise Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Ocasio-Cortez, Velázquez call for convention to decide Puerto Rico status MORE (D-Fla.).

Democratic presidential candidate Biden has vowed to continue allowing fracking if elected, though runs a stiff battle between appeasing his base on environmental issues and allowing the industry to remain.

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Free Flu Shots In Richmond And At CoCo COVID-19 Testing Sites

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA — As of Thursday, Contra Costa County will offer free flu shots to residents who are getting tested at a COVID-19 testing site.

The county will also conduct seven vaccination clinics in October, bringing free flu shots to Richmond, Concord, Antioch, San Ramon and Brentwood.

All can come regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status — and flu shots are not included in public charge assessments. people do not need appointments, an ID or social security number, but they must wear masks and be at least six months old.

Getting a flu shot has never been more important, Contra Costa Health Services said Wednesday in a news release.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get their flu shots this year,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa County’s health officer, in the news release. “Offering [the] flu vaccine at COVID testing sites will let people cross two things off their to-do list at once.”

The announcement comes as many in public health have sounded the alarm about a so-called twindemic due to a possible double surge in flu and COVID-19 cases. People can fall ill with both the flu and coronavirus, the county said.

The Bay Area’s flu season tends to peak in January or February, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people get flu shots by the end of October.

Flu vaccines should be received in advance of flu season, since it takes people about two weeks after vaccination to develop antibodies, according to the CDC. But getting vaccines too early can lead to decreased efficacy later in flu season.

Flu symptoms are similar to COVID-19 symptoms and can include congestion, cough and fever, the county said. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19 and Contra Costa residents are urged to get a free test if they exhibit such symptoms during flu season.

See a list of Contra Costa COVID-19 testing sites here.

Free flu shot clinics will run through the month of October at the following areas:

Antioch

Brentwood

Concord

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to noon: Monument Crisis Center (1990 Market St.)

  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Loma Vista Adult Center (1266 San Carlos Ave.); drive-thru site

Richmond

  • Thursday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Shields Reid Community Center (1410 Kelsey St.)

  • Sunday, Oct. 18, noon to 4 p.m.: Tibetan Association of Northern California (5200 Dalai Lama Ave.)

San Ramon

  • Friday, Oct. 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Alcosta Senior & Community Center (9300 Alcosta Blvd.); drive-thru site

Get more details about the free flu shot clinics here.

This article originally appeared on the El Cerrito Patch

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Free Flu Shots In San Ramon And At CoCo COVID-19 Testing Sites

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA — As of Thursday, Contra Costa County will offer free flu shots to residents who are getting tested at a COVID-19 testing site.

The county will also conduct seven vaccination clinics in October, bringing free flu shots to San Ramon, Concord, Richmond, Antioch and Brentwood.

All can come regardless of insurance coverage or immigration status — and flu shots are not included in public charge assessments. people do not need appointments, an ID or social security number, but they must wear masks and be at least six months old.

Getting a flu shot has never been more important, Contra Costa Health Services said Wednesday in a news release.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get their flu shots this year,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa County’s health officer, in the news release. “Offering [the] flu vaccine at COVID testing sites will let people cross two things off their to-do list at once.”

The announcement comes as many in public health have sounded the alarm about a so-called twindemic due to a possible double surge in flu and COVID-19 cases. People can fall ill with both the flu and coronavirus, the county said.

The Bay Area’s flu season tends to peak in January or February, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people get flu shots by the end of October.

Flu vaccines should be received in advance of flu season, since it takes people about two weeks after vaccination to develop antibodies, according to the CDC. But getting vaccines too early can lead to decreased efficacy later in flu season.

Flu symptoms are similar to COVID-19 symptoms and can include congestion, cough and fever, the county said. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19 and Contra Costa residents are urged to get a free test if they exhibit such symptoms during flu season.

See a list of Contra Costa COVID-19 testing sites here.

Free flu shot clinics will run through the month of October at the following areas:

Antioch

Brentwood

Concord

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to noon: Monument Crisis Center (1990 Market St.)

  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Loma Vista Adult Center (1266 San Carlos Ave.); drive-thru site

Richmond

  • Thursday, Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Shields Reid Community Center (1410 Kelsey St.)

  • Sunday, Oct. 18, noon to 4 p.m.: Tibetan Association of Northern California (5200 Dalai Lama Ave.)

San Ramon

  • Friday, Oct. 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Alcosta Senior & Community Center (9300 Alcosta Blvd.); drive-thru site

Get more details about the free flu shot clinics here.

This article originally appeared on the San Ramon Patch

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