Sci/tech

Ethanol Plant Proposed for Northampton, Pa., Site
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathy Lauer-Williams, The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa.

Northampton could become home to the first ethanol-producing plant on the East Coast.

Michigan Development Agency, Auto Executives Focus on Fuel-Cell Technology
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, Detroit Free Press

Michigan's role in developing fuel-cell technology for the future generation of cars and how to transform the region into the fuel-cell capital of the world were the topics at a panel discussion Wednesday sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Wind Energy Goes Mainstream in California
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Jonathan Shikes, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif.

AES Corp., a Virginia-based utility, said Tuesday that it plans to buy a company that operates 1,371 wind turbines near Palm Springs and employs about 100 people at an operations center there.

Neighbors to Los Angeles Landfills Seek Stricter Controls
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Kerry Cavanaugh, Daily News, Los Angeles

Granada Hills residents pushed on Wednesday for cleaner trash trucks, traffic relief and a host of other improvements before county officials approve plans to join the two Sunshine Canyon Landfill sites into one 415-acre megadump.

Scientific Panel's Report on Water Pollutant at Odds with EPA Findings
January 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Scott Vanhorne, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

A water pollutant also found in some produce and milk is not as dangerous as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determined in a preliminary risk assessment two years ago, a panel of scientists announced Monday.

Honda's President Details Initiatives in Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Engines
January 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Matthews,The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio

Honda President Takeo Fukui laid out a vision for the company's future yesterday that was both clear and compact.

Hybrid Car Production Questions Abound for Toyota
January 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Nauman, San Jose Mercury News, Calif.

Toyota will make enough Prius hybrid cars this year to catch up to customer demand, and it'll decide by mid-year which hybrid model it will produce in the United States.

Kobe Steel to Halt Output of Steel Treated with Harmful Chemical
January 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Kobe Steel Ltd. said Wednesday it will halt production of hot-dip galvanized steel sheets treated with hexavalent chromium, a chemical used to boost corrosion resistance but widely seen as harmful to the environment.

Sierra Club Blasts University of Central Florida for Stadium Plans
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - David Damron, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.

UCF's sudden drive to build an on-campus stadium has opened the door for a wider challenge to the school's controversial growth plan.

GM's Fuel-Cell Cars Still Face Obstacles
January 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Mateja, Chicago Tribune

General Motors Corp. says one problem has been solved, but two remain in making hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered vehicles viable by the automaker's 2010 target.

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