Sci/tech

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.

California Regulators Agree to Require Diesel Emission Upgrades
December 10, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

Air pollution regulators approved mandatory requirements Thursday to clean up illegal diesel engines, a move made in frustration with the failure of a voluntary plan backed by the trucking industry.

Whistleblower's Account Fuels Neighbors' Fears at Polluted Nevada Mine
December 10, 2004 12:00 AM - Scott Sonner, Associated Press Writer, YERINGTON, Nev.

Peggy Pauly remembers when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer four years ago.

Linthicum Heights, Md.-Based Coal Producer Starts Trading its Shares
December 10, 2004 12:00 AM - Paul Adams, The Baltimore Sun

Linthicum Heights-based Foundation Coal Holdings Inc., the nation's fourth-largest coal producer, began trading its shares yesterday, becoming the newest publicly traded company in a state better known for its strengths in biotechnology, technology and financial services.

Diablo Canyon, Calif., Nuclear Plant to Build Waste Storage Facility
December 9, 2004 12:00 AM - Nathan Welton, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

The public will gain access to three miles of coastline north of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant within the next two years, the state Coastal Commission decided Wednesday.

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