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EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt looks at a small Asian carp (fish can grow to 100+ pounds)$9.1 million to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp Oct 13 - EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers announced funding for construction of an electric barrier to keep Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes, to be completed by February 2005. Asian carp are a significant threat to the Great Lakes because they are large, extremely prolific, and consume vast amounts of food.
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10 Best, Worst Fuel Efficient 2005 Cars and Trucks Oct. 7 - Hybrids, estimated to achieve as much as 61 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city, again top the list of fuel-efficient vehicles for the 2005 model year. The nation's first hybrid SUV, the two-wheel-drive Ford Escape, debuted at 12th in overall mileage, getting 36 mpg in city driving.
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photo of CITGO's Corpus Christi refineryCITGO to reduce refinery emissions Oct 6 - CITGO agreed to spend $320 million to reduce hazardous air emissions from six refineries in five states. This settlement of an EPA enforcement action will reduce harmful air emissions by more than 30,000 tons per year.
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West Coast diesel initiative announced Sept 30 - A consortium of federal, state and local government agencies, non-profits, and industry kick off a $6 million effort to reduce diesel emissions along the West Coast. More than 400 interests are working together.
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National First Children's Health Award
National Power plant settlement cuts 29k tons of NOx emissions
National National Priorities List: two sites added; 14 proposed
Regional New England had fewer poor air quality days in summer
Regional  EPA partners to safeguard Potomac drinking water
AR $100k grant to electrify truck stops, reduce emissions
CA Mobil to pay for water violations on Navajo lands
CT Landlord fined for not notifying tenants of lead paint
MA Fishing derby helps monitoring program
ME First statewide program yields 300 clean school buses
NC Cleanup of flood waste in 15 disaster counties
NY Vassar to cut lab waste; train other schools
NY 2-story lab demolished at Superfund site
TX Texas businesses lead green power market
VA $4.5m EPA grant to help control stormwater runoff

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Volcanic ash can travel hundreds to thousands of miles downwind from a volcano. Fresh volcanic ash is gritty, abrasive, sometimes corrosive, and always unpleasant. Although ash is not highly toxic, it can trouble infants, the elderly and those with respiratory ailments. In ashy areas, use dust masks and eye protection. If you don't have a dust mask, use a wet handkerchief. Small ash particles can abrade the front of the eye. The volcanic gases that pose the greatest potential hazard are sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen fluoride. Volcanic eruptions: preparing and responding
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Clean Air Rules of 2004

The Clean Air Rules are a suite of actions that will dramatically improve America's air quality. Three of the rules specifically address the transport of pollution across state borders. These rules provide national tools to achieve significant improvement in air quality and the associated benefits of improved health, longevity and quality of life for all Americans.
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EPA Celebrates 20 Years
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In 1984 EPA became the first federal agency to adopt a formal policy of working with Indian tribes. That policy was reaffirmed as the Agency helped celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
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Test Your Enviro-Q
How many school days each year do children miss nationally due to asthma-related illness?
a. 1/2 million
b. 1 million
c. 14 million
d. 25 million

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Get Involved Oct. 18
Help protect local water bodies by testing water quality in your area. Volunteer monitoring groups, water quality agencies, students, and the general public are invited to test four key indicators of water quality and report the results. It's all part of World Water Monitoring Day, held October 18. Last year, people and groups in 24 countries reported information about the health of their local watersheds.
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