Sci/tech

Espanola, N.M., Waste Site Gets Cleanup Funds
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Adam Rankin, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

An Espanola Superfund site, considered a top priority by the state, is getting federal funding for cleanup after more than five years on the federal toxic waste priority list.

Shipment of Hot Waste Returns to Hanford Energy Site in Washington State
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash.

A shipment of waste from Hanford to a permanent repository in New Mexico was stopped Friday in Colorado because one of the drums of waste may have been too radioactively hot.

Beijing Puts Foot Down in Bid to Beat the Traffic
December 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

The half million new cars that have hit the road in Beijing over the past two years are causing severe congestion and air pollution, but the local government is convinced it can lick the problem in time for the 2008 Olympics.

DaimlerChrysler, GM to Team Up on Hybrid Engines
December 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

General Motors Corp. and DaimlerChrysler AG, two of the world's biggest automakers, are teaming up to develop hybrid technology, which combines combustion engines and electric motors, for use in their vehicles, DaimlerChrysler said Monday.

Environmental Protection Agency Hasn't Won Improvements It Touted
December 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Scott Streater, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The federal government has quietly allowed oil refineries nationwide to miss court-mandated deadlines to reduce air emissions, prolonging the exposure of hundreds of thousands of people to dangerous pollutants.

Maine Environmental Agency Accelerates Zero-Emissions Vehicle Standards
December 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News, Maine

Ten percent of all the vehicles sold in Maine will likely have to meet strict new emissions standards beginning in 2009, according to the air quality program unanimously adopted by the state Board of Environmental Protection Thursday.

DaimlerChrysler, GM to Tie Up on Hybrid Technology
December 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

DaimlerChrysler AG and General Motors Corp. said Monday they have agreed in principle to form a partnership for the development of hybrid technology.

Salvage Team Reaches Wreck of Alaska Freighter; Ship Leaking Oil Badly
December 13, 2004 12:00 AM - The Seattle Times

An oil spill in the heart of an Alaska wildlife refuge may not be as big as initially feared, but the harsh weather that first cracked a freighter in half still threatens to unleash thousands more gallons of viscous oil.

Fate of Hanford, Wash., Nuclear Waste is in Political Flux
December 13, 2004 12:00 AM - Alex Fryer, The Seattle Times

A major shift of political power on Capitol Hill has thrown into doubt the schedule for removing high-level nuclear waste from the Hanford nuclear reservation.

Sacramento, Calif., Homeowners in 'Zero Energy Homes' Cheer Low Utility Bills
December 11, 2004 12:00 AM - Reed Fujii, The Record, Stockton, Calif.

Micah Van Der Kamp of Sacramento looks forward to his monthly electric bill.

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