The US Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) announced the winners of its eighth annual Clean Air Excellence Awards at a recent ceremony in Washington DC.

The winners, who were selected for their outstanding accomplishments in improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fell into one of four categories: clean air technology; community action; education/outreach and regulatory policy innovations.

Winners included the Gilla River Indian community, for being the first tribe in the US to develop a multi-program air quality management plan to regulate air quality, the Northern Wood Power Project for reducing air emissions by changing from a coal burning boiler to a wood burning boiler and Texas Instruments, for abating the use of volatile compounds in the semiconductor industry.

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