Sci/tech

Dow Chemical Brought Growth, Regrets to Freeport, Texas
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

James Seidler's family tree is one of the few in this small coastal town with deeper roots than Dow Chemical, a company that has dominated the pancake-flat horizon, and a lot else here, since the 1940s.

Leaks Make up Big Part of Toxics Released by Industry
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

On a breezy day, Shell's 600-acre chemical plant in Deer Park turns into a giant wind chime.

MeadWestvaco to Sell Paper-Making Business, Plant in Western Maryland
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun

MeadWestvaco Corp. said yesterday that it is selling its paper-making business, including a Western Maryland mill that is the second-largest private employer in Allegany County.

CMS Energy Expects Costly Toxic cleanup at Petoskey, Mich., Development
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Hugh McDiarmid Jr., Detroit Free Press

Dangerous toxics seeping into Lake Michigan at the Bay Harbor development near Petoskey could cost CMS Energy Corp. more than $45 million to clean up.

Old High-Tech Gadgets Become New Breed of Junk
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune

While many Lake County residents are fascinated with their new flat-screen TVs, digital cameras, Palm Pilots and other popular Christmas gifts, Victoria Wiedel worries about what will happen to the old ones.

U.S. Officials Accuse DuPont of Concealing Teflon Ingredient's Health Risk
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune

More than 50 years after DuPont started producing Teflon near this Ohio River town, federal officials are accusing the company of hiding information suggesting that a chemical used to make the popular stick- and stain-resistant coating might cause cancer, birth defects and other ailments.

Canada Considers Adopting California's More-Stringent Auto Emission Standards
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News, Calif.

The Canadian government is considering a plan to adopt California's first-in-the-nation rules requiring auto companies to reduce emissions of gases that contribute to global warming, the Mercury News has learned.

Scientists Conduct Little Research on Air Toxics' Effects on Texas Gulf Coast
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Leigh Hopper, Houston Chronicle

In 1992, Connie Walding of Baytown discovered she had breast cancer. In 1996, her husband, Scott, got throat cancer. Last year, her dog died from cancer of the lymphatic system.

Cuban Oil Drilling Could Put U.S. Embargo over Economic Barrel
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Keith Epstein, Tampa Tribune, Fla.

Is Cuba on the verge of an oil bonanza that could pump financial life into Fidel Castro's regime and soften U.S. trade policy toward the island?

Federal Judge Halts Timber Cut in Sensitive Area Near Ely, Minn.
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - John Myers, Duluth News-Tribune, Minn.

A federal judge has put the brakes on a Superior National Forest timber sale near Ely, Minn., saying further environmental review is needed before any trees can be cut.

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