4th of July Fireworks

4 Jul

In the spirit of the season, here’s a great article on microbial breakdown of pyrotechnics…

Fireworks: Fun for the whole family or Dangerous Water Contaminants?

(via Treehugger.com) –

You may want to lay off buying all those extra fireworks come July 4: according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, fireworks heavily contribute to perchlorate contamination of surrounding water bodies. Although Richard Wilkin, the study’s lead author and an environmental geochemist at the U.S. EPA’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory, says that his research establishes a direct link between firework displays and perchlorate water contamination, he adds that it also demonstrates the contaminant’s shortlivedness: concentrations fell to background levels after 1 to 2 months, possibly due to microbial degradation…(more)

Happy 4th Everybody!

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