Sci/tech

Hull, Mass., Aims to Build High-Tech Water Desalination Plant
January 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Jenn Abelson, The Boston Globe

Hull officials are seeking proposals that would enable the town to draw its drinking water from the ocean and possibly build the nation's first wind-powered desalination plant.

First Oil Removed from Broken Freighter off Alaska
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

Salvagers have begun removing oil from tanks on a freighter that broke apart last month off Alaska, spilling most of the vessel's estimated 442,000 gallons of fuel into the Bering Sea and onto shore.

New York to Get Easements on 104,000 Acres of Adirondack Forest
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Garifo, Watertown Daily Times

New York will acquire easements on more than 104,000 acres of Adirondack forest lands in what is described as the third largest land acquisition in the state's history.

Solo Drivers of Hybrids to Gain from California Bill
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Lisa Mascaro, Daily News, Los Angeles

Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Wednesday she will introduce legislation allowing solo motorists to drive hybrid cars in California's freeway car-pool lanes.

Washington State Officials Urges Ban on Group of Fire-Retardant Chemicals
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Warren Cornwall, The Seattle Times

A family of fire-retardant chemicals should be banned amid growing concerns that it is toxic, particularly to fetuses and infants, according to Washington state officials.

Kimberly-Clark ups Ante in Tsunami Relief with Gift to UNICEF
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wis.

Kimberly-Clark Corp.'s cash commitment to support South Asia tsunami disaster relief could hit $1.5 million, the firm has announced.

Top 3 Japan Automakers to Give 580 Million Yen to Tsunami Relief
January 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp. and two other top Japanese automakers on Thursday announced plans worth a total of 580 million yen for relief efforts in Southeast Asia after the Dec. 26 devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Fort Worth, Texas, Approves Natural-Gas Drilling Under Parks
January 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna M. Tinsley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ts

Drilling for natural gas could begin this summer under three city-owned parks under an agreement between the city and a Dallas-based oil and gas company.

Portland, Ore.-Based Crown Pacific's Creditors Take Over 522,000 Acres
January 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Manning, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

Crown Pacific Partners on Dec. 31 transferred 522,000 acres to a new company, Cascade Timberlands LLC, owned by Crown's major creditors.

Los Angeles Agency's Touted 'Green Power' Program is Running out of Steam
January 5, 2005 12:00 AM - James Nash, Daily News, Los Angeles

Despite spending millions to promote its clean-energy effort, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has lost nearly 75 percent of the program's participants -- many of them phantom, nonpaying customers.

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