Peat Wildfire Linked to Cardio-Pulmonary Emergency Department Visits

An EPA study shows for the first time that smoke from a peat bog wildfire (decayed vegetable matter found in swampy areas) can lead to an increase in emergency room visits for both respiratory and cardiovascular effects.

Meanwhile, the Los Alamos fire is burning close to radioactive materials stored under a tent.  As of last night the blaze remained listed as at zero percent containment and burning largely unchecked in its third day. “It contains approximately 20,000 barrels of nuclear waste,” former top security official Glen Walp said. “It’s not contained within a concrete, brick and mortar-type building, but rather in a sort of fabric-type building that a fire could easily consume.”

Meanwhile, flood waters continue to rise around the Midwest nuclear power plants.


About David Eisenman

I'm a physician and public health/health services researcher. I want to bring these perspectives to understanding disaster resilience.
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