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.

Officials, Groups Seek to Settle Clean Air Suit
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott Streater, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas

Federal officials met with local and state environmental groups last week in an effort to settle a lawsuit that accuses the government of endangering millions of people in Dallas-Fort Worth by failing to take action to clean the air.

GM Wary on Hybrids
January 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Mateja, Chicago Tribune

Why has General Motors been slow to respond in developing gas/electric cars?

EPA Plans to Exempt Livestock, Poultry Feed Lots from Air Pollution Fines
January 22, 2005 12:00 AM - David Whitney, The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed Friday to exempt livestock and poultry operations from future air pollution fines under the Clean Air Act if they agree to pay to finance studies that could lead to new regulations in the next decade or so.

Maine Forestlands in Times of Change
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb,Bangor Daily News, Maine

Maine's North Woods are in a time of transition with huge swaths of land changing hands almost weekly, paper mills struggling to survive in a new global market, and multimillion-dollar homes being constructed inside a vast wilderness.

Hiding Bycatch Nets a Big Fine
January 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Wesley Loy, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska

A Seattle-based commercial fishing company has pleaded guilty and been ordered to pay $500,000 in penalties for illegally disposing of halibut while catching other types of fish off Alaska.

Dow Chemical, Michigan Approve Plan on Dioxin
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Hugh McDiarmid Jr., Detroit Free Press

Dow Chemical Co. will take immediate steps to protect residents from dioxin in three Midland neighborhoods and part of the Tittabawassee River valley, the company and the state announced Wednesday.

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