Sci/tech

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.

Chester, S.C., Chemical Company Receives Achievement Award
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - The Herald, Rock Hill, S.C.

Omnova Solutions' Performance Chemicals facility in Chester recently received a 2004 Responsible Care Achievement Award from the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association.

New York Governor Vetoes Bill Extending Ban on Use of Plastic Plumbing Pipe
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Tom Precious, The Buffalo News, N.Y.

Gov. George Pataki vetoed legislation, which had passed overwhelmingly in the Legislature, that would have banned the use of plastic plumbing pipes in commercial and larger residential construction.

Rush Creek Mine Plan Moves Charleston, W.Va., Neighbor to Act
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.

A Charleston man is trying to alert his neighbors about the problems he believes will be caused by a mountaintop removal coal mine proposed for his neighborhood.

New Tram Line in Geneva is Part of Global Rebirth of Light-Rail Networks
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Sam Cage, Associated Press

The old-fashioned streetcar, which had nearly clanged into oblivion by the end of the 20th century, has been making a sleek comeback with new lines opening from Sydney to Paris, Buenos Aires to Houston.

Off-Road Vehicle Advocacy Group Wins a Battle for Access to Utah Public Lands
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Joe Baird, The Salt Lake Tribune

An off-road vehicle advocacy group has won one and lost one in an ongoing battle to maintain motorized access on Utah public lands.

Report Cites Trace Chemicals in Massachusetts Drinking Water
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Beth Daley, The Boston Globe

Drinking water tests in almost 100 Massachusetts communities found at least trace amounts of contaminants that had long escaped detection because they are unregulated, according to a new report by the advocacy group Clean Water Action.

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