Sci/tech

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.

Honda Earns Green Automaker Award from Environmentalists
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Tiffany Ray, Montgomery Advertiser, Ala.

The Union of Concerned Scientists last week dubbed Honda the nation's greenest automaker in a report on car companies' environmental performance.

Spent Nuclear Fuel Arrives at Japanese Reprocessing Plant
December 21, 2004 12:00 AM - The Yomiuri Shimbun

About 31 tons of depleted uranium was delivered to a spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkashomura, Aomori Prefecture, on Monday.

Tree Planting Could Ease Global Warming, California Scientists Say
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Virginia Hennessey, The Monterey County Herald

As scientists sounded alarms about global warming at an international forum in Argentina this week, local research scientists announced that the solution may be as simple as planting trees.

Company Polluted Nitro, W.Va., with Dioxin, Lawsuit Says
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.

For more than 50 years, the Monsanto Co. plant in Nitro churned out herbicides, rubber products and other chemicals.

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