Sci/tech

Army to Study Possibility of Weapons Move, after Assuring it Wouldn't Happen
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - John Norton, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.

Despite assurances given Tuesday to Colorado's U.S. senators that chemical weapons would not be moved out of the Pueblo Chemical Depot, the Army is going ahead with plans to study the possibility of shipping chemical weapons around the country and has halted all construction work on a disposal facility here.

Dow Chemical, Michigan Approve Plan on Dioxin
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Hugh McDiarmid Jr., Detroit Free Press

Dow Chemical Co. will take immediate steps to protect residents from dioxin in three Midland neighborhoods and part of the Tittabawassee River valley, the company and the state announced Wednesday.

Barboursville, Va., Residents Win State High Court Mine Ruling
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Earl Swift, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va.

For three years, the residents of historic Barboursville have fought plans for a strip mine in their midst, on farmland little changed since colonial days.

Report Says Indiana Utilities Can Cut Mercury Releases into Air by 90 Percent
January 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Tammy Webber, The Indianapolis Star

Indiana utilities easily could release 90 percent less mercury into the air by the end of the decade without huge rate increases, according to a report released Wednesday by a national environmental group.

Dow Chemical Brought Growth, Regrets to Freeport, Texas
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

James Seidler's family tree is one of the few in this small coastal town with deeper roots than Dow Chemical, a company that has dominated the pancake-flat horizon, and a lot else here, since the 1940s.

Leaks Make up Big Part of Toxics Released by Industry
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

On a breezy day, Shell's 600-acre chemical plant in Deer Park turns into a giant wind chime.

MeadWestvaco to Sell Paper-Making Business, Plant in Western Maryland
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun

MeadWestvaco Corp. said yesterday that it is selling its paper-making business, including a Western Maryland mill that is the second-largest private employer in Allegany County.

CMS Energy Expects Costly Toxic cleanup at Petoskey, Mich., Development
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Hugh McDiarmid Jr., Detroit Free Press

Dangerous toxics seeping into Lake Michigan at the Bay Harbor development near Petoskey could cost CMS Energy Corp. more than $45 million to clean up.

Old High-Tech Gadgets Become New Breed of Junk
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune

While many Lake County residents are fascinated with their new flat-screen TVs, digital cameras, Palm Pilots and other popular Christmas gifts, Victoria Wiedel worries about what will happen to the old ones.

U.S. Officials Accuse DuPont of Concealing Teflon Ingredient's Health Risk
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune

More than 50 years after DuPont started producing Teflon near this Ohio River town, federal officials are accusing the company of hiding information suggesting that a chemical used to make the popular stick- and stain-resistant coating might cause cancer, birth defects and other ailments.

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