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Protect Swimmers at Beaches Nov. 8 - In 1986, EPA recommended limits on bacteria in coastal
and Great Lakes waters. Under the Beaches Environmental Assessment
and Coastal Health Act of 2000, 35 states and territories had to adopt
limits as protective of human health as our recommendations by April
2004. Fourteen states and territories have met this requirement. With
this rule, EPA creates standards for the 21 that have not. News
release | Fact
sheet | Final
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. News
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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. News
ash can travel hundreds
to thousands of miles
downwind from a volcano.
Fresh volcanic ash
is gritty, abrasive, sometimes
and always unpleasant.
Although ash is not highly
toxic, it can
trouble infants, the elderly
and those with
In ashy areas, use
dust masks and eye protection.
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
hazard are sulfur dioxide,
carbon dioxide, and hydrogen
fluoride. Volcanic eruptions: preparing and responding
Great Lakes Collaboration
Members of the President's Cabinet, the Great
Lakes Governors, the Great Lakes Congressional
Delegation, Mayors and Tribal Leaders will meet
December 3rd in Chicago to forge an intergovernmental
partnership and develop a coordinated strategy
to further protect and restore the Great Lakes.
The Interagency Task Force, chaired by EPA, is
helping to convene this meeting to establish a long term,
multi-jurisdictional collaboration to address key environmental issues. More
There are easy things
you can do to protect
children at home
and school. Make
sure kids can't reach
baits and traps.
and other chemicals
in a locked cabinet.
Never ever put chemicals
in containers children
could mistake for
food or drink.