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Green power lighting up Moab

11/10 -- At a ceremony on Nov. 6, EPA recognized the Greater Moab Area Community in Utah as the nation’s first Green Power Community. EPA prMatt Clouse, director of EPA's Green Power Partnership with Moab Mayor Dave Sakrison and Castle Valley Mayor Bruce Keeleresented the mayors of Castle Valley and the City of Moab with a street sign highlighting the milestone. The Cities of Moab, Castle Valley, Park Creek Ranch, and Spanish Valley are the first communities to meet and exceed the EPA Green Power Partnership’s benchmark for green power usage with voluntary purchases. With four percent of the Moab area's electricity offset by wind power, EPA estimates an environmental benefit equivalent to avoiding the generation of four million pounds of carbon dioxide. Press Release / EPA's Green Power Partnership site

EPA to receive $62 million for past Superfund cleanup costs in Montana's Clark Fork River Basin

11/5- EPA and the Department of Justice announced an agreement with the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) under which the company will reimburse EPA $50 million for cleanup work conducted in the Clark Fork River Basin. The US Judgement Fund will provide EPA with an additional $12 million to cover federal liabilities in the basin. The areas covered under this consent decree are the Anaconda Smelter Site, the Clark Fork River Operable Unit of the Clark Fork River/Milltown Reservoir Sediments Site, and the Warm Springs Ponds and Butte Priority Soils Operable Units of the Silver Bow Creek/Butte Area Site. This settlement will speed cleanups in the Clark Fork River Basin. For more information, visit the Clark Fork Basin Superfund page.

Presentation proposals for Community Involvement and Training Conference due December 17

EPAís 2005 Community Involvement and Training Conference will be held July 12 - 15, 2005 in Buffalo, New York. EPA is soliciting presentation proposals until December 17, 2004.

Hybrid vehicle joins Region 8's fleet

8/29 --Region 8 celebrated the addition of a hybrid Honda Civic today toRegion 8 staff admiring the new vehicle its fleet of cars. The vehicle is the first of many hybrid cars EPA's Denver office will be purchasing to complement its existing fleet of standard and alternative fueled vehicles. The electric/gas powered Civic will get nearly 50 mpg in both city and highway driving conditions. It will emit 22 percent less smog forming pollutants and 50 percent less greenhouse gases than the vehicle it replaces. For more information on the environmental benefits and ratings of all types of vehicles, check out EPA's Green Vehicle Guide.


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