With Independence Day, July 4th, just around the corner, a national tradition has been and will be occurring everywhere: fireworks shows. Tonight, PNM reporter Bill Scanlon talked with fellow PNM’er Jim Carrier about the negative side of fireworks, the debris and pollution littering the ground and water from those fireworks. Jim was one of the founders of a group called Wild Warner who argued that pollution from Rhythm and Booms was drastically harming the wetlands at Warner Park. They successfully were able to move Rhythm and Booms away from Warner Park, and the wetlands have improved greatly in the two years since. Besides perchlorates, as much as 150 pounds of heavy metals may fall into the water. The salts from the heavy metals may dissolve, but much of it likely will fall and accumulate on the waterbed. Who knows how much fish and other aquatic life ingest and absorb?
You can learn more by going to the Fireworks Pollution website.