EPA Sets Perchlorate Cleanup Level
February 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Matt King, The Dispatch
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a federal cleanup level for perchlorate that is more than four times higher than California's public health goal for the contaminant.
Review Panel: Teflon Chemical a Likely Carcinogen
February 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Randall Chase, Associated Press
A chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon and other nonstick and stain-resistant products should be considered a "likely" carcinogen, according to an independent scientific review panel advising the EPA.
Environmentalists Say Stopping Aid to Palestinians Would Harm Whole Region
February 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Sara Toth, Associated Press
Threats of withdrawing foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority following the Hamas election victory jeopardize environmental projects vital to Israel as well, Palestinian, Israeli and international officials said.
Mexico Signs Agreement to Drastically Cut Fuel Emissions, Improve Air Quality
February 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Julie Watson, Associated Press
Mexico has launched an ambitious plan to drastically cut fuel emissions and improve air quality, the environment secretary said Tuesday.
Unique Australian Trees Endangered
January 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press
The only known wild stand of a tree species dating to Jurassic times has been endangered by a deadly disease probably introduced by an unauthorized hiker, a government official said Monday.
North Carolina Sues TVA, Citing Air Pollution as Public Nuisance
January 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press
North Carolina's attorney general sued the Tennessee Valley Authority on Monday, accusing the nation's largest federal utility of causing a public nuisance in his state by failing to reduce pollution from its coal-fired power plants.
EPA Strikes Pollution Deal with Factory-Style Animal Farms
January 31, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
The Bush administration will let thousands of factory-style farms escape severe penalties for fouling the air and water with animal excrement in exchange for data to help curb future pollution.
California Starts Monitoring Air Pollution in Farm Town Plagued by Pesticides, Smog
January 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press
With crop dusters buzzing the skies above, spray rigs stalking the fields and the occasional pesticide drift that hospitalizes scores of people, airborne chemicals are a fact of life in the little farm towns of the San Joaquin Valley.
Lawmaker Calls for Official Status for Humuhumunukunukuapuaa
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press
Everyone thought the humuhumunukunukuapuaa was Hawaii's state fish. As it turns out, the brightly colored fish with the excessively long name has been dethroned.
U.S. Mogul Pledges $40 Million to Mozambique Park
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Mateus Chale, Reuters
U.S. Internet mogul Greg Carr has committed up to $40 million of his own cash to help rebuild a game park in Mozambique which he hopes to restock with animals from elsewhere in Africa.