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EPA Sides with North Carolina on Pollution Controls for TVA Coal Plants
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Tenn.

Tennessee Valley Authority could be required to install more costly pollution controls on its coal plants next year under a consent agreement signed Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and North Carolina officials pushing to limit smog in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Programs Aim to Help Farmers Conserve Water
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Erin Smith, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.

Area farmers were encouraged to conserve water and were apprised of government programs and insurance policies supporting water conservation at the annual potato and grain conference here this week.

California Lawmaker to Propose Study on Converting Nuclear Plant to Natural Gas
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - David Sneed, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

A proposal to study Diablo Canyon's earthquake safety and the potential for converting the nuclear plant to natural gas has positioned Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee as an ambitious and somewhat contrarian freshman Republican.

Tenth Shipment of Reprocessed Japanese Nuclear Waste Heading Home
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Reprocessed nuclear waste headed for Japan was loaded aboard a ship Thursday for the nearly two-month journey home, France's state-run reprocessing plant said.

EPA Agrees to Consider Requiring Pollution Cuts in 13 Eastern States
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The government agreed Thursday to decide by this summer whether it should force coal-fired power plants in 13 Eastern states to reduce unhealthy air pollution that also is blamed for obscuring views of the Smoky Mountains.

Gulf States Talk about Reducing the Shrimp Fleet to Aid Struggling Shrimpers
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

Despite winning tariffs on imports of farm-raised shrimp from six Asian and South American nations this year, Southern shrimpers are still struggling and are now considering whether to limit the number of boats trawling for shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico.

Brazil Plans Vast Amazon Reserve to Stem Logging
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters, Tiago Pariz

Brazil's president Thursday decreed the creation of one of the world's largest environmental protection areas in the Amazon to combat illegal logging and rising violence after the killing of a prominent U.S. human rights activist.

Delray Workers Plant Endangered Native Vine to Prevent Dune Erosion
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Mireidy Fernandez, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

They're just little white flowers, but they have a lot of power when it comes to restoring dunes.

EPA Terminates Contract with Computer Recycling Firm
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Avril, The Philadelphia Inquirer

A large company that employs federal prisoners has lost a contract to recycle computers for the federal government, after a challenge from small, privately owned recyclers who said the $800 million corporation represented unfair competition.

Boosting Wind-Energy Standards to Mean 'Significant New Benefits,' Group Says
February 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Julie Breaux, Odessa American

The time is ripe for members of the Texas Legislature to approve a bill increasing renewable energy production standards, Public Citizen of Texas say.

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