Sci/tech

EPA Cancels Proposed Study that Would Have Exposed Children to Pesticides
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday canceled a controversial study using children to measure the effect of pesticides after Democrats said they would block Senate confirmation of the agency's new head.

DuPont Shareholder Seeks Disclosure of Expenses on Chemical Being Studied by EPA
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A DuPont Co. shareholder wants the chemical maker to disclose legal fees and other expenses for a chemical that is used to make the nonstick substance Teflon and is being studied by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a possible carcinogen.

States Ask Court to Force EPA Action on Greenhouse Gases
April 11, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

A coalition of 12 states and several cities asked a federal appeals court Friday to make the Environmental Protection Agency reconsider its decision not to regulate heat-trapping greenhouse gases as air pollutants.

New Cotton Fabric May Absorb Toxins
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Betsy Blaney, Associated Press

Cotton, the fabric of your life, could soon have the potential to save it. Scientists at Texas Tech University's Institute of Environmental and Human Health on Monday unveiled a new composite cotton fabric they say will protect against biological and chemical agents.

E-mails Appear to Show Yucca Mountain Scientists Planning to Make up Data
April 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

E-mails by several government scientists on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump project suggest workers were planning to fabricate records and manipulate results to ensure outcomes that would help the project move forward.

Dandruff, Fur, Pollen Affect Atmosphere, Study Reveals
April 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Bits of pollen, leaf fragments and even dandruff from people and animals make up a significant portion of dusty stuff in the atmosphere but have been ignored by climate modelers, German researchers said Thursday.

Nuclear Power Plants Turning to Dry Casks for Storing Used Fuel
March 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

About 40 percent of the nation's nuclear power plants have begun moving spent fuel out of cooling pools and into massive dry casks, embracing a storage approach that a National Academy of Sciences panel said offers safety advantages.

Scientists Debate Quake Vs. Aftershock
March 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Verrengia, Associated Press

Earthquake or aftershock? For thousands of Indonesians digging out from the latest devastating geologic jolt, the question is academic. Monday's earthquake was a catastrophic exclamation point on what has been a harrowing three months on Sumatra and surrounding islands.

EPA Work on Sensors for Detecting Bioterrorism Attack Faulted
March 25, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Cities are not getting all the protections President Bush ordered last year to detect a biological terrorism attack, the Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog said Thursday.

Agency Admits Using Faulty Data on Endangered Florida Panthers
March 22, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Criticized by a whistle-blower, the Fish and Wildlife Service conceded Monday that it bungled some of the science used in protecting Florida's endangered panthers.

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