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  • Number of U.S. residents who live in areas the EPA considers "too smoggy to be healthy," in millions: 170
  • Percent that federal prosecution of criminal pollution cases has dropped since 2001: 30
  • Acres of wetlands removed from Clean Water Act protection since 2001, in millions: 20
  • Number of babies born each year with enough mercury pollution to cause "severe health problems" including brain damage: 630,000
  • Number of states and territories with fish consumption advisories due to mercury pollution: 44
  • Percent by which current administration proposals would increase allowable mercury pollution: 500
  • Number of ex-National Park Service workers who last January charged the Bush administration with "short-changing, ignoring, or violating" conservation policies: 183
  • Number of scientists who in April charged current administration with "manipulation and abuse of science" for political ends: 62
  • Number of senior EPA officials that have resigned in protest since 2001: 2
    --Institute for Southern Studies, www.southernstudies.org

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