Worries rise on environmental effects of chemicals in fire retardant

11/17/2008 | NYTimes.com

The fire retardant dropped from planes to help control wildfires is typically a welcome sight, but the product's chemicals can cause damage of their own to watersheds and the wildlife habitat around them, and opposition to the use of fire retardant in some situations is rising. In Montana, former and current Forest Service employees are suing the agency and demanding a comprehensive environmental study of retardant's effects.

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