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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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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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photo of EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt scooping up a water sampleWorld Water Monitoring Day Oct 18 - Marking the 32nd anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Administrator Mike Leavitt led government officials at the Smithsonian Research facility on the Chesapeake Bay in celebrating World Water Monitoring Day. The observation gives youth and their families the opportunity to learn about the health of their local watersheds by participating in water monitoring activities.

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AR $100k grant to electrify truck stops, reduce emissions
CA Mobil to pay for water violations on Navajo lands
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NC Brownfields grant $ to help downtown Raleigh
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NY Vassar to cut lab waste; train other schools
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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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National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
October 24-30

This year's theme, "Shut The Door on Lead Poisoning," highlights the importance of educating parents and children about lead-paint hazards in housing. Many states and communities plan to offer free lead screening, and various education and awareness events.
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How do children become lead poisoned?
a. Put their hands or other objects covered with lead dust in their mouths.
b. Consume paint chips or soil that contains lead.
c. Breathe in lead dust (especially during removal of old paint).
d. All of the above

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Keeping Kids Healthy
There are easy things you can do to protect children at home and school. Make sure kids can't reach baits and traps. Store pesticides and other chemicals in a locked cabinet. Never ever put chemicals in containers children could mistake for food or drink.

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