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Salon - The Case for Banning Fireworks

The latest EPA conspiracy theory comes to us via Senate Republicans, 10 of whom signed a letter to the agency expressing their concern that new regulations could put a stop to patriotic festivities.

The question of whether that’s doing enough to affect water quality or otherwise harm the environment is still up for debate: Andrew Jackson, a perchlorate expert at Texas Tech, pointed out to Salon that the health effects of perchlorate are chronic, not acute, “so it would take long-term exposure for it to really be a problem” — in other words, more than can be accomplished during a one-night celebration.

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