Sci/tech

ConocoPhillips Agrees to Clean-Air Settlement
January 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

Houston-based ConocoPhillips, the largest petroleum refiner in the United States, agreed Thursday to spend $525 million to reduce harmful, smog-forming emissions at nine refineries, including two in Texas, and to pay a $4.5 million fine to settle federal charges that it violated air pollution laws.

Group Promotes Green Building
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - J. Philip Bloomer, The News-Gazette, Champaign-Urbana, Ill.

Build green, they say.

Alcoa Grants Help Conservation, Life-Skills Programs, Dental Clinic
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Lancaster New Era, Pa.

Alcoa Inc.'s Lancaster facility and the Alcoa Foundation recently announced more than $107,000 in grants and contributions to local nonprofit organizations.

Ownership of LNG Site Challenged
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Diane Lindquist, The San Diego Union-Tribune

A lawsuit filed in Baja California state court claims Sempra Energy LNG does not own the property on which it plans to build a liquefied natural gas receiving terminal.

ChevronTexaco Officials Outline 2 Projects that May Affect Coastal Environment
January 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Karen Nelson, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss.

ChevronTexaco officials outlined to Sierra Club members Wednesday night two projects at or near the Pascagoula Refinery that would effect the Coastal environment — a terminal to warm and disburse liquified natural gas and a refinery expansion.

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.

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