Sci/tech

Canada Split over Restrictions on Car Emissions
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - David Ljunggren, Reuters

The two Canadian ministers negotiating with car makers over cuts in emissions are split on what to do, with one favoring binding restrictions and the other saying he wants the talks to continue.

Environmentalists Sue Feds To Stop Mining Companies from Dumping Mountain Tops into Valleys
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Roger Alford, Associated Press

Environmentalists have sued the federal government in an attempt to stop coal mining companies from lopping off the tops of mountains and dumping the rocks and dirt into valleys.

Yale Study Suggests Chemical Might Cause Hearing Loss in Whales
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A toxic chemical used to prevent barnacles from clinging to ship hulls may cause deafness in marine mammals and could lead whales to beach themselves, Yale researchers say.

ConocoPhillips Agrees to Clean-Air Settlement
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

Houston-based ConocoPhillips, the largest petroleum refiner in the United States, agreed Thursday to spend $525 million to reduce harmful, smog-forming emissions at nine refineries, including two in Texas, and to pay a $4.5 million fine to settle federal charges that it violated air pollution laws.

Group Promotes Green Building
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - J. Philip Bloomer, The News-Gazette, Champaign-Urbana, Ill.

Build green, they say.

Alcoa Grants Help Conservation, Life-Skills Programs, Dental Clinic
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Lancaster New Era, Pa.

Alcoa Inc.'s Lancaster facility and the Alcoa Foundation recently announced more than $107,000 in grants and contributions to local nonprofit organizations.

Ownership of LNG Site Challenged
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Diane Lindquist, The San Diego Union-Tribune

A lawsuit filed in Baja California state court claims Sempra Energy LNG does not own the property on which it plans to build a liquefied natural gas receiving terminal.

ChevronTexaco Officials Outline 2 Projects that May Affect Coastal Environment
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Karen Nelson, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss.

ChevronTexaco officials outlined to Sierra Club members Wednesday night two projects at or near the Pascagoula Refinery that would effect the Coastal environment — a terminal to warm and disburse liquified natural gas and a refinery expansion.

Federal Agency May Appeal Power Plant OK
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Sara Shipley, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Federal wildlife officials are considering appealing a permit for a proposed power plant in Southern Illinois that they believe will harm the air at Missouri's Mingo National Wildlife Refuge.

Environmental Group's Study Criticizes Manatee FPL Plant
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Att Griswold, The Bradenton Herald, Fla.

As President Bush's Clear Skies legislation was being discussed by a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday, a state environmental group released data suggesting that more than 60 percent of Florida power plants have increased harmful emissions in the past decade.

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