Happy Fourth of July! I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth!
Today, we are talking about the fireworks that go along with the 4th of July celebration. Now, I am not going to tell you to pass on watching the fireworks this year, but I am going to bring to your attention the dangers those celebrations have on our environment and possibly your health.
In today’s post, Judy Wright looks into how fireworks affect our environment. She states she started questioning how those fireworks impacted the surrounding environment since her community has been focused on water quality. She states a quick internet search found several nearby states and lake associations expressing concerns.
She also shares that New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services produced a fact sheet which listed 11 elements with potential toxic effects from fallout dust and fumes, which range from being poisonous to radioactive to bioaccumulators to carcinogens.
You can read Judy’s full report here:
Here is another example of our contaminated water supply. And it’s not just from our holiday celebrations!
In recent years, public drinking water supplies have become contaminated with a variety of harmful pollutants, including PFOA, and GenX. It has become commonplace to hear of contamination of public water supplies as a result of industrial activities and the run-off and discharge of toxic chemicals from industrial sites.