Interview with Oregon group suing the US Forest Service over flame retardant

By Elizabeth Castillo
Oregon Public Broadcasting
October 25, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

An environmental group based in Eugene filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service for its practice of dropping flame retardant by air to fight wildfires. The Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics claims the agency is violating the Clean Water Act with unpermitted releases of flame retardant into waterways. Andy Stahl is the executive director of the organization. He questions the effectiveness of dropping flame retardant by air to contain wildfires. …This is the third lawsuit regarding aerial fire retardant that the group has filed against the agency. A U.S. Forest Service spokesperson said the agency does not comment on pending or ongoing litigation. Stahl spoke to “Think Out Loud” host Dave Miller about the complaint. [Audio]:

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