Air Tanker 41, a BAe-146, drops retardant. BLM picture.

There have lengthy been issues about what occurs when airplanes dump Phostex, a mixture of ammonium phosphate, emulsifiers, and colorants to struggle wildfires.  The principle chemical within the retardant — ammonium phosphate — is thought to poison fish and different aquatic life, together with susceptible species like Chinook salmon. Now, Forest Service Workers for Environmental Ethics — a nonprofit that represents present and former Forest Service workers — is suing the Forest Service over its use. They allege that the federal company has violated the Clear Water Act by dumping the flame-stopping chemical substances into waterways.

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