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Gas Patch Roulette: Symptoms associated with chemicals detected in air tests

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NOTE:This additional documentation is in support of the report Gas Patch Roulette: How Shale Gas Development Risks Public Health in Pennsylvania

The air tests conducted for this project detected a total of 19 chemicals that may cause sinus, skin, ear/nose/mouth, and neurological symptoms, 17 chemicals that may affect vision/eyes, 16 that may induce behavioral effects, 11 that have been associated with liver damage, 9 with kidney damage, and 8 associated with digestive/stomach problems. In addition, the brain and nervous system may be affected by 5 chemicals that were detected, the cardiological system by 5, muscles by 2, and blood cells by 2. The chemicals and their potential health effects (by symptom category) are shown in the table below. Information on potential health effects related to chemicals comes from: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) “Toxicological Profiles” (accessed July 30, 2012); and New Jersey Department of Health “Right to Know Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets” (accessed July 30, 2012).


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