Our project goal is to examine the association between fracking and hormone disrupting activity in residential drinking water as the first step in protecting the health of our children. Hormone disrupting chemicals, also known as Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, are chemicals that can alter normal hormone action. We study sex hormones, estrogens and androgens, which are required for normal development, growth and fertility.
Funds will be used for travel to collect water samples and for interviews with residents. A substantial portion will be used for lab supply costs: to process water samples, test for hormone disrupting activity, and analyze chemical composition. Salary support is not requested. Updates from this work will be posted on this web site, and findings will be presented at scientific meetings and published in professional journals. In addition, the results will be used as the basis for grant applications to the National Institutes of Health.