The U.S. Forest Service’s plan, the Santa Fe Municipal Watershed/Pecos Wilderness Prescribed Burn Project, is to burn 2,900 acres in the watershed in the wilderness.
To do that, workers will use about 180 pounds of potassium permanganate, a neurotoxin, for ignition. Sounds like a small amount in such a large area, especially after it is burned, and the residue is dispersed in our air, land and water. Yet researchers say the cumulative effect of these chemicals is implicated in many diseases.
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