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Agreement with major airlines to protect
drinking water Nov 9 - EPA announced commitments from 12 major
U.S. passenger airlines to implement new
aircraft water testing and disinfection protocols.
The action follows testing that found water quality problems on 12.6
percent of domestic and international passenger aircraft tested at
U.S. airports. EPA also announced a new round of airline water testing. News
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Standard Protects 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
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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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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.