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Inspections to Begin at 28 Industrial Plants
February 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

State environmental officials will begin inspections this month at 28 industrial plants in the Houston area that reported releasing more than 1,200 pounds of unauthorized pollution. The investigations are one of two initiatives announced Monday by the state to improve air quality in the region.

EPA, Mining Firm Cut Deal, but Some Residents are Leery
January 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Baird, The Salt Lake Tribune

The Environmental Protection Agency and a Utah mining company have reached a $60 million settlement in the cleanup of the Eureka Mills Superfund site in Juab County.

Texas, Mexican Officials Discuss Landfill Fire Problem
January 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Jennifer C. Smith, The Monitor, McAllen, Texas

The U.S. federal government is working with Texas state officials, Mexican environmental agencies and Mexican officials to address landfill fires like the one in Matamoros on Tuesday.

Yale Study Suggests Chemical Might Cause Hearing Loss in Whales
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A toxic chemical used to prevent barnacles from clinging to ship hulls may cause deafness in marine mammals and could lead whales to beach themselves, Yale researchers say.

ConocoPhillips Agrees to Clean-Air Settlement
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

Houston-based ConocoPhillips, the largest petroleum refiner in the United States, agreed Thursday to spend $525 million to reduce harmful, smog-forming emissions at nine refineries, including two in Texas, and to pay a $4.5 million fine to settle federal charges that it violated air pollution laws.

ChevronTexaco Officials Outline 2 Projects that May Affect Coastal Environment
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Karen Nelson, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss.

ChevronTexaco officials outlined to Sierra Club members Wednesday night two projects at or near the Pascagoula Refinery that would effect the Coastal environment — a terminal to warm and disburse liquified natural gas and a refinery expansion.

Bush Administration Pushes Plan to Change Air Pollution Regulation
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Kilian, Chicago Tribune

The Bush administration embarked Wednesday on a renewed effort to replace large sections of the Clean Air Act with the president's more flexible and industry friendly Clear Skies policies.

Chlorine Factories Cited as Big Source of Mercury Pollution; Industry Says it's Making Changes
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer

Nine chlorine plants in the South and East pour at least eight tons of mercury into the environment each year _ a situation that demands federal action to force companies to convert to cleaner technology, activists said Wednesday.

Gold Mine Exploration Begins on Western Shoshone Lands
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Brenda Norrell, Indian Country Today, Oneida, N.Y.

Western Shoshone predicted that once the Bureau of Land Management seized and removed the horses of Carrie and Mary Dann, that new gold mining explorations would begin, poisoning their waterways and destroying their sacred sites.

Glades Reservoir Proposal Encounters Some Opposition
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald

A new science report questions whether there will be enough water left to restore the Everglades as suburbia eats at its edges, and it suggests reconsidering some touchy places to store it: Namely, Lake Okeechobee and the vast sugar and farm fields south of the lake, locations already neck-deep in water and growth disputes.

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