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Pollution

Dirty or harmful substances in the environment

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Fossil Fuels

Oil, coal, and natural gas that are used to provide energy

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Acid Rain

Rain that is more acidic than normal rain

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Ozone

A gas made of three oxygen atoms

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Smog

A yellow-brown haze that forms when sunlight reacts with air pollution

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Groundwater

Water that collects under the earth's surface

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Sewage

Human waste, garbage, detergents, and other household wastes washed down drains and toilets

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Landfills

Huge, specially designed pits where waste materials are dumped and buried

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Biodegradeable

Easily broken down in the environment

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Hazardous Wastes

Human-made liquid, solid, sludge, or radioactive wastes that may endanger human health or the environment

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

An agency of the US Gov't that is dedicated to protecting the environment

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

A branch of the US Dept. of Labor that protects American workers

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Recycle

Change items in some way so that they can be used again

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Nonrenewable resources

Substances that cannot be replaced once they are used

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Conservation

The saving of resources

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