Sci/tech

Experts Scramble for Way to Drain Oil from Ship Near Dutch Harbor, Alaska
December 15, 2004 12:00 AM - The Seattle Times

Salvagers and federal and state officials are scrambling to develop a plan to drain the remaining fuel out of a wrecked freighter off Unalaska Island to avoid spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of thick bunker oil into coastal waters rich in crab, seabirds and marine mammals.

GM, Daimler to Cooperate on High-M ileage Hybrid Vehicles
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Matt Nauman, San Jose Mercury News, Calif.

General Motors and DaimlerChrysler said Monday that they're going to work together to make high-mileage hybrid vehicles, an acknowledgment of the growing importance of that segment of the auto market.

Impact of Expansion of Athens, Ga., Fiberglass Manufacturing Plant is Weighed
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Lee Shearer, Athens Banner-Herald, Ga.

A proposed expansion of Athens' CertainTeed fiberglass manufacturing plant could mean 119 new jobs at an average wage of $37,000 per year. It would add $1.4 million annually in local taxes, and mean a $140 million expansion project, much of that money going to local contractors.

Citizens' Groups Raise Concerns at Honeywell
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Joe Walker, The Paducah Sun, Ky.

Citizens' groups in two states want regulators to close a uranium mill in Colorado pending an investigation into the safety of 6,000 barrels of calcium fluoride waste shipped to the mill from the Honeywell International plant on U.S. 45 north of here.

Group Hopes to Lasso Breezes with 200 Windmills in Cambria County, Pa.
December 14, 2004 12:00 AM - Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

When a 6,300-acre piece of property was purchased earlier this year, its only use was going to be for recreation — for riders of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, horses and mountain bikes.

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.

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