Sci/tech

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.

Experts Scramble for Way to Drain Oil from Ship Near Dutch Harbor, Alaska
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - The Seattle Times

Salvagers and federal and state officials are scrambling to develop a plan to drain the remaining fuel out of a wrecked freighter off Unalaska Island to avoid spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of thick bunker oil into coastal waters rich in crab, seabirds and marine mammals.

GM, Daimler to Cooperate on High-M ileage Hybrid Vehicles
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Matt Nauman, San Jose Mercury News, Calif.

General Motors and DaimlerChrysler said Monday that they're going to work together to make high-mileage hybrid vehicles, an acknowledgment of the growing importance of that segment of the auto market.

Impact of Expansion of Athens, Ga., Fiberglass Manufacturing Plant is Weighed
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Lee Shearer, Athens Banner-Herald, Ga.

A proposed expansion of Athens' CertainTeed fiberglass manufacturing plant could mean 119 new jobs at an average wage of $37,000 per year. It would add $1.4 million annually in local taxes, and mean a $140 million expansion project, much of that money going to local contractors.

Citizens' Groups Raise Concerns at Honeywell
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Joe Walker, The Paducah Sun, Ky.

Citizens' groups in two states want regulators to close a uranium mill in Colorado pending an investigation into the safety of 6,000 barrels of calcium fluoride waste shipped to the mill from the Honeywell International plant on U.S. 45 north of here.

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