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Newmont Admits Emitting Mercury in Indonesia, Denies Health Impact
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

A U.S. mining company has admitted that it released tons of mercury into the air and water over a period of years at one of its Indonesian gold mines, but denied that it had any health impact on people.

Avocado Oil, Taco Grease Fuel Eco-Bus in Mexico
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Catherine Bremer, Reuters

Ecologists toured Mexico City taco stands and sushi bars Wednesday to refuel an old school bus with waste cooking oil that will power the next leg of a green-awareness tour from California to Costa Rica.

EPA Fines Phoenix-Based Copper Mining Firm for Emissions Report Errors
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Thomas Stauffer, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

The Environmental Protection Agency has fined Asarco Inc. $80,000 for errors the company made in reporting emissions at its copper smelter in Hayden.

Natural Gas Pipeline Rupture Triggers Massive Mojave Desert Cleanup
December 23, 2004 12:00 AM - Jennifer Bowles, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif.

A nasal-penetrating stench still rises from the sand a month after a ruptured pipeline spewed untold amounts of gasoline up to 80 feet high for hours over a patch of the fragile Mojave Desert.

Oregon Forest Owners See Fairer Future in Measure 37
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

Family landowners suffering under Oregon's land-use laws formed the public face of Measure 37. But the timber industry quietly supplied almost $3 of every $4 that buoyed the ballot initiative to an easy victory.

Grand Rapids, Minn., Paper Mill's Expansion May Depend on Tree Supply
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - John Myers, Duluth News-Tribune, Minn.

Environmental review for a proposed $800 million paper machine at Blandin Paper Co. in Grand Rapids will focus on the mill's growing appetite for Minnesota's trees.

The Forest Service on Wednesday Announced Long-Waited Changes to Rules Governing the National Forest Management Act, the Basic Law that Governs the Nation's 155 National Forests
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writer

Managers of the nation's 155 national forests will have more leeway to approve logging and other commercial projects with less formal environmental review under a new Bush administration plan, The Associated Press has learned.

New Mexico Regulators Approve Solar, Biomass Plans
December 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Rosalie Rayburn, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

State regulators Tuesday approved a PNM plan to spend up to $1.4 million on solar and biomass projects to comply with a state renewable energy law.

Maine May Act to Close Vehicle Emissions Loophole
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News

Like most of its New England neighbors, Maine requires that all new cars meet strict emissions standards. But Maine is alone in allowing consumers to legally register new cars that produce more pollution than the state policy allows.

Toyota to Market Almost Heavy Metal-Free Lexus in 2006, Japan Newspaper Says
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to launch a vehicle free of lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium in 2006 to help reduce the disposal of environmentally harmful waste, the Nihon Keizai reported Tuesday.

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