Sci/tech

Rome, Milan Ban Cars to Lower Pollution Levels
January 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

People in Rome, Milan and other Italian cities on Sunday got around on public transportation, bicycles, on foot and even on horseback as car traffic was banned for several hours to lower air-pollution levels.

Seadrift, Texas, Chemicals Plant is Ranked one of Top polluters in U.S.
January 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Thomas Doyle, Victoria Advocate, Texas

Union Carbide Seadrift Operations was named as the 20th top releaser of cancer-causing air pollution in the United States and the top releaser of such chemicals in Texas in a recently issued report by a Washington-based environmental group that rates plants throughout the country.

CDC Team to Visit Dayton to Assess Perma-Fix Area
January 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Debrosse, Dayton Daily News, Ohio

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending a team of specialists to Dayton to see if the health concerns of residents living near the Perma-Fix treatment plant might be related to the plant's operation.

Sugar Companies in Florida Explore Ethanol from Molasses
January 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Salisbury, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.

The fields of western Palm Beach County support the sugar cane that provides quick energy to people.

Firm Settles Allegations of Pollution Violations at Lynchburg, Va., Pipe Plant
January 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Shannon Brennan, The News & Advance, Lynchburg, Va.

Griffin Pipe's parent company has agreed to pay a $25,857 penalty in a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency over alleged violations of federal pollution laws.

Owens-Corning Faces Asbestos-Liability Nightmare Again in Court
January 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Gary T. Pakulski, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio

In filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy four years ago, Owens Corning executives said they wanted to put the firm's multibillion-dollar asbestos-liability nightmare behind them.

Purchase Preserves Sussex County, Del., Forestland
January 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Rogalsky, Delaware State News, Dover

State officials announced Thursday the preservation of 1,980 acres of forest in Sussex County using a combination of state funds and private contributions.

Tampa, Fla.-Based Utility to Spend $300 Million to Slash Pollution
January 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Louis Hau, St. Petersburg Times, Fla.

Tampa Electric Co. said Thursday it will spend $300 million to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions at its Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach.

Ethanol Plant Proposed for Northampton, Pa., Site
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathy Lauer-Williams, The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa.

Northampton could become home to the first ethanol-producing plant on the East Coast.

Michigan Development Agency, Auto Executives Focus on Fuel-Cell Technology
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, Detroit Free Press

Michigan's role in developing fuel-cell technology for the future generation of cars and how to transform the region into the fuel-cell capital of the world were the topics at a panel discussion Wednesday sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

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