Recycling Single-Use Medical Devices Saves Money, Raises Concerns
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press
Federal regulators say "reprocessing" is safe, but original device manufacturers say they can't guarantee recycled products will work correctly -- and that they are wrongly blamed for malfunctions and patient harm caused by reprocessing.
State of California Receives Part of Long Beach Wetlands
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A nonprofit conservation group has bought 66 acres of the Los Cerritos Wetlands in Long Beach and donated the property to the state, the first success in a decades-long attempt to buy and restore the entire 400-acre marsh and protect it from further development.
Australian Town Rejects Potable Recycled Sewage Water
July 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters
A drought-hit Australian town could not swallow the idea of drinking recycled sewage water and rejected the water-saving option in a referendum on Saturday.
New Trawling Ban Protects Deep-Sea Alaska Corals
July 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Yereth Rosen, Reuters
Newly discovered gardens of colorful corals, which bloom about 1,000 feet (305 meters) underwater off Alaska's Aleutian Islands and in the Gulf of Alaska, will get special protection starting Friday.
Report Faults EPA on Clean Air Regulation
July 27, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
The Environmental Protection Agency has not met 30 percent of the Clean Air Act's requirements and regularly misses deadlines, congressional investigators said Wednesday.
Toronto Buildings Going Green on Top, But Very Slowly
July 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Stefanie Kranjec, Reuters
A handful of buildings in Canada's biggest city are going green on top in an effort to help the environment and reduce global warming, but the city admits its plan for high-rise gardens has barely taken root.
Parts of U.S. West Bar Tree-Cutting on Private Land
July 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Laura Zuckerman, Reuters
In a state where pine and fir outnumber residents, the loss of several privately owned spruces should hardly excite attention, let alone spark a crusade emblematic of a new trend to protect trees on private land.
Senate Bill Would Open Millions of Acres in Gulf of Mexico to Oil, Gas Drilling
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press
The Senate is taking up an election-year bill that would open a large area of the central Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling. The bill would affect an 8.3 million-acre area believed to contain large amounts of natural gas and 1.3 billion barrels of oil.
U.S. House May Link Higher Gas Mileage, Oil Drilling
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters
The House could accept a Senate proposal to boost vehicle mileage requirements as part of legislation to open more offshore areas to oil and natural gas drilling, a key House lawmaker said Tuesday.
House Approves Wilderness Bills
July 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press
The House approved a series of bills Monday to protect national forest land in the West, including the designation of new wilderness areas in three Western states.