Coalition Finds 3,000 Pounds of Trash, Toxins at Illegal Pot Farm in California National Park

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14 November 2019
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Our American Future
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Drug cartels are not only setting up huge marijuana farms on national forest lands in California, but they are also polluting the land and water with trash and toxic chemicals.
“The true crime here is the fact that they’re killing off basically America’s public lands, killing off the wildlife, killing off our water,” Kevin Mayer, a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement assistant special agent in charge, said. “This is stuff that, you know, it’s not gonna repair itself.”...
But while the trash can be removed, fighting chemical exposure is not an easy fix....
“This one is Bromethalin, which is a neurotoxin rodenticide,” wildlife ecologist Greta Wengert said, holding up an empty container used for rodent bait blocks.
“They also found a container of concentrated carbofuran, an insecticide banned by the Environmental Protection Agency....
“We have detected [carbofuran] in the soil, in cannabis plants, in native vegetation, the water, the infrastructure,” Wengert said....