Sci/tech

CEO of Columbia, Md.-based Chemical Company Resigns
November 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Paul Adams, The Baltimore Sun

Paul Norris, who presided over W.R. Grace & Co.'s move from Florida to Maryland and steered it into bankruptcy protection in the face of thousands of asbestos injury lawsuits, will step down as chief executive of the Columbia-based maker of chemicals and building materials in May, the company announced yesterday.

North Carolina Set to Sue Over Coal Plants
November 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Dan Kane, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper said Friday that he intends to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to require reduced emissions from coal-fired power plants in 13 states that he says pollute North Carolina's air

North Carolina Dredging Company Accused of Dumping Waste in Chesapeake Bay
November 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va.

A federal grand jury has indicted a North Carolina marine company and its president for allegedly dumping tons of sandy wastes into the Chesapeake Bay near Tangier Island, instead of pumping the materials onto an eroding beach to restore it.

Report on Hydrogen-Fuel Pollution Takes Aim at California Governor's Plans
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Harrison Sheppard, Daily News, Los Angeles

A report issued Thursday by a Libertarian think tank seeks to debunk Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plans for a "hydrogen highway," by claiming hydrogen-fueled vehicles will make little difference in reducing harmful emissions.

BP Exploration in Alaska Plans Big Projects for Next Decade
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Richard Richtmyer, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska

BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. plans to spend more than $10 billion on capital projects over the next decade, a company executive said Thursday.

California Air Regulators Set Tougher Fuel Standards for Watercraft, Railroads
November 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

Entering an area of pollution regulation that had been solely the federal government's job, California regulators Thursday set fuel standards for watercraft and locomotives that will be broader and will take effect sooner than impending federal rules.

DuPont Study Finds High C8 Levels in Blood of Parkesburg, W.Va., Residents
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.

A DuPont Co. study found high levels of the toxic chemical C8 in the blood of residents near its Parkersburg plant, according to documents provided to federal regulators.

Judge Rules Against Elmore, Ohio, Workers in Toxic Beryllium Dust Case
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - James Drew, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio

In a victory for Brush Wellman, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled yesterday that up to 7,000 contract workers who may have been exposed to unsafe levels of toxic beryllium dust at the company's plant near Elmore cannot file a class-action lawsuit against the firm.

Environmental Group Sues Over Relaxed Oil Drilling Rules
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Janet Elliott, Houston Chronicle

The Bush administration was accused Wednesday of buckling under pressure from Houston-based Davis Brothers Inc. when it changed rules for directional drilling of oil and gas reserves under Big Thicket and other national parks.

Honda to Lease 2 Fuel-Cell Vehicles to State of New York
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

American Honda Motor Co. said Tuesday it has signed a contract with the state of New York for leasing two hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicles for two years.

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