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Here's why we ask: On her morning drive into the office, our art director recently watched in terror as two deer crossed eight lanes of 65-mph interstate traffic. Miraculously, they didn't cause an accident. But that particular stretch of road is bordered by sound barriers, so how in the world did the deer even reach the highway?

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EPA launches treatment database

Expected to eventually include 200 contaminants, the Drinking Water Treatability Database provides data on the effectiveness of 30 treatment processes on 10 contaminants. Users will be able to find information on percent removal, log removal, contaminant influent concentration, pH, temperature, source water type, GAC type, loading rate, coagulant type and dose, oxidant type and dose, CT, membrane type, and UV intensity. Visit

Conference focuses on combustion

The Air & Waste Management Association meets Nov. 12 – 24 in Galveston, Texas, to discuss maximum achievable control technology standards for Hazardous Waste Combustion, including testing and instrumentation, and the permitting status of various states. Visit

State capital's fleet goes green


Determined that 10% of its 1,300 pieces of equipment will use alternative fuel next year, the award-winning Fleet Services Department of Little Rock, Ark., has received approval from the city's board of directors to use bio-diesel when financially feasible.

Select vehicles will run on a minimum B10 blend from Oct. 1 through March 31 and on a B20 blend from April 1 through Sept. 30 beginning this year.

Last year, the department was No. 7 in Government Fleet magazine's 100 Best Fleets of North America Program. There are at least 38,000 public fleets nationwide. The department also lends one of its three maintenance facilities to the Quapaw Area Council's Boy Scout University each year.