Sci/tech

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.

State Logging Plan Draws Objections from Conservation Groups
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News

A Maine Department of Conservation plan to raise money by logging state park properties came under fire during a legislative hearing Monday morning.

Senator Weighs in on Ford Cleanup
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Barbara Williams, The Record, Hackensack, N.J.

Homeowners living on the former Ford Motor Co. industrial dump and federal officials are stalemated over how far investigators should go in determining if dangerous waste is buried under homes and yards.

Chlorine Factories Cited as Big Source of Mercury Pollution; Industry Says it's Making Changes
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer

Nine chlorine plants in the South and East pour at least eight tons of mercury into the environment each year _ a situation that demands federal action to force companies to convert to cleaner technology, activists said Wednesday.

Gold Mine Exploration Begins on Western Shoshone Lands
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Brenda Norrell, Indian Country Today, Oneida, N.Y.

Western Shoshone predicted that once the Bureau of Land Management seized and removed the horses of Carrie and Mary Dann, that new gold mining explorations would begin, poisoning their waterways and destroying their sacred sites.

Two Thousand Evacuated, Federal Officials to Sue, After Gas Leak from State Oil Company on Mexico's Gulf Coast; Accident is Company's Fourth in Five Weeks
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Miguel Hernandez, Associated Press

An unknown amount of liquid gas leaked from a pipeline operated by Mexico's state oil company and spread to at least two rivers in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, prompting the evacuation of 2,000 people, officials said Tuesday.

Broken Pipeline Spills Oil into Kentucky River; Amount Not Yet Known
January 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Associted Press

An oil pipeline broke and spilled crude oil into the Kentucky River early Wednesday, creating a miles-long slick along the tributary of the Ohio River.

Aquila to Burn Biomass in Canon City
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Tucker, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.

Aquila's W.N. Clark Generating Station is undergoing a process that could help maintain the health of the state's national forests and reduce the toxic emissions from the coal-fired power plant.

Iowa Wind Farm Expansion Planned
January 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Nancy Gaarder, Omaha World-Herald, Neb.

MidAmerican Energy Co. is proposing to expand the wind farm it is building in Iowa -- a project that already is one of the largest on land.

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