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Nationwide Standards 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.
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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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CA Mobil to pay for water violations on Navajo lands
CT Landlord fined for not notifying tenants of lead paint
NC Brownfields grant $ to help downtown Raleigh
NY $4.8 million cleanup at Ithaca Gun completed
NY Colonial Acres is first golf course in Performance Track
NY Vassar to cut lab waste; train other schools
RI $16.9 Million for drinking water, sewage treatment
TX Texas businesses lead green power market
VA $4.5m EPA grant to help control stormwater runoff
VT Cleanup complete at Pownal Tannery Superfund site
WV Grant to help students manage asthma triggers

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Mount St. Helens Erupts
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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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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.
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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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