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Cleaning Up the Crud After the Flood

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The recent floods in the Midwest were both human and economic disasters. At least two dozen deaths have been blamed on the extreme weather and the waters have transformed many people's worldly possessions into piles of soggy trash. But the floods also left behind a massive environmental mess—with chemicals, raw sewage and corroding metals spread across the landscape. Tidying up that crud is probably best left to the professionals. One of them is John Frey. He's coordinating cleanup in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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