Sci/tech

Maine May Act to Close Vehicle Emissions Loophole
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News

Like most of its New England neighbors, Maine requires that all new cars meet strict emissions standards. But Maine is alone in allowing consumers to legally register new cars that produce more pollution than the state policy allows.

Toyota to Market Almost Heavy Metal-Free Lexus in 2006, Japan Newspaper Says
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to launch a vehicle free of lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium in 2006 to help reduce the disposal of environmentally harmful waste, the Nihon Keizai reported Tuesday.

Honda Earns Green Automaker Award from Environmentalists
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Tiffany Ray, Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.

The Union of Concerned Scientists last week dubbed Honda the nation's greenest automaker in a report on car companies' environmental performance.

Spent Nuclear Fuel Arrives at Japanese Reprocessing Plant
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - The Yomiuri Shimbun

About 31 tons of depleted uranium was delivered to a spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkashomura, Aomori Prefecture, on Monday.

Tree Planting Could Ease Global Warming, California Scientists Say
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Virginia Hennessey, The Monterey County Herald

As scientists sounded alarms about global warming at an international forum in Argentina this week, local research scientists announced that the solution may be as simple as planting trees.

Company Polluted Nitro, W.Va., with Dioxin, Lawsuit Says
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.

For more than 50 years, the Monsanto Co. plant in Nitro churned out herbicides, rubber products and other chemicals.

Alaska Mine First in Nation with Certified Environmental Program
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anchorage

The Red Dog lead and zinc mine in Northwest Alaska has become the first mine in the nation — and one of a handful in the world — to have its environmental management systems certified under ISO 14001, a stringent international standard.

Workers Face Tough Battle Against Alaskan Oil Spill Amid Icy Seas
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Craig Welch, The Seattle Times

Scott Halama, his cheeks crimson from biting winds, dragged a yellow oil boom across an estuary, straining to refashion a barrier destroyed by the night's raging surf.

Honda to Expand Areas Where Fuel-Cell Vehicle Leased
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Honda Motor Co. said Friday that next year it will expand the areas where it leases its next-generation FCX vehicle equipped with a cold-resistant fuel-cell stack, in addition to its current limited leasing service in Japan and the United States.

DuPont Rebuts Charges it Failed to Notify Regulators about Chemical Spills
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Tom Avril, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Attorneys for DuPont Co. strongly denied at a federal hearing yesterday that the company had improperly withheld information about environmental and possible health impacts of a chemical used to make Teflon.

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