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Volcano be a pollutin’:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002105397_volcano01m.html

“But right now, the biggest single source of air pollution in Washington isn’t a power plant, pulp mill or anything else created by man.
It’s a volcano.
Since Mount St. Helens started erupting in early October, it has been pumping out between 50 and 250 tons a day of sulfur dioxide, the lung-stinging gas that causes acid rain and contributes to haze.
Those emissions are so high that if the volcano was a new factory, it probably couldn’t get a permit to operate, said Clint Bowman, an atmospheric physicist for the Washington Department of Ecology.
All of the state’s industries combined produce about 120 tons a day of the noxious gas.
The volcano has even pulled ahead of the coal-fired power plant near Centralia that is normally the state’s top air polluter. In the mid-1990s, when the facility’s emission rate was about 200 tons a day, regulators pressed for $250 million in pollution controls to bring it down to today’s level of 27 tons.”

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Fire at Factory sends Melted Butter towards Mississippi River, Migrant Lobster population flees:
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/5115140.html

The intense fire began around 6 p.m. Wednesday. It consumed half of the roof of the butter packaging plant and sent melted butter flowing out of the facility.
Firefighters from New Ulm, Sleepy Eye, Courtland and Lafayette worked through the night and into this morning to control the blaze.
Meshke said: “One of challenges was that butter was burning. It was different from many fires.”
The AMPI plant takes up much of a city block. The milk-intake area was not damaged: electrical service has resumed and trucks are bringing in milk today, Meshke said.
The much larger area, which has a dock for trucks and a large cooler, was most seriously damaged, she said, adding that it still isn’t clear whether the packaging area was seriously damaged.
It was still too soon to tell how the fire would affect employees, distributors or consumers, Meshke said.
According to earlier reports, the plant was holding an estimated 3 million pounds of butter at the time of the fire.