Sci/tech

Bangor, Maine, Approves Switch to Biodiesel Fuel
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News, Maine

This time next winter, exhaust from the city buses idling in Pickering Square will smell like popcorn, thanks to the vegetable-based fuel in their gas tanks, the city announced Monday.

Bakersfield, Calif., Shell Refinery Reaches Pact with EPA to Stay Open
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Erin Waldner, The Bakersfield Californian

The Shell Bakersfield Refinery on Rosedale Highway has received a stay of execution.

Kansas' Location Would be Good for Zero-Emissions Plant
December 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Karen Dillon, The Kansas City Star, Mo.

It's the one giant coal-fired power plant that everyone seems to want.

Orangeburg, S.C., Chemical Plant Honored for Safety Standards
December 5, 2004 12:00 AM - The Times and Democrat, Orangeburg, S.C.

As a testament to maintaining environmental, health and safety standards as well as community involvement, employees at Orangeburg's Albemarle Corp. plant have made it back-to-back victories in the annual Responsible Care Achievement Award given by the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association.

Mountain Iron, Minn., Taconite Mine Wrestles with Wastewater Disposal
December 4, 2004 12:00 AM - John Myers, Duluth News-Tribune, Minn.

Where do you put 7.2 million gallons of unwanted water every day?

International Paper, New York State to Hear Concerns on Conservation Deal
December 4, 2004 12:00 AM - Corey Fram, Watertown Daily Times, N.Y.

International Paper Co. and state officials will meet soon with leaders of four towns that opposed their property being included in a conservation deal between the two.

AK Steel to Pay $300,000 to Settle Butler, Pa., Environmental Violations
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

AK Steel, already operating under a 2001 consent order that required it to stop discharging tons of pollutants into Connoquenessing Creek, has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle additional charges it violated federal and state hazardous waste, air and water standards at its specialty steel mill in Butler.

Florida Buys Portion of Blackwater River State Forest
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Isaac Sabetai, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach

The Blackwater River State Forest will expand after the Florida Division of Forestry purchased a large swath of privately owned land located in the middle of the forest.

Southern Chinese Province Must Curb Car Use to Reduce Pollution in Hong Kong, Environmental Chief Says
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Authorities must control the growing number of cars in China's southern province of Guangdong to reduce air pollution in neighboring Hong Kong, the territory's environmental secretary said Thursday.

Plant Suspends Fertilizer Operations Near Las Cruces, N.M.
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - T.S. HopkinS, Las Cruces Sun-News, N.M.

Recurring concerns by Mesquite residents over possible ground water contamination and unhealthy air from a nearby chemical company have drawn a suspension order from the New Mexico Environment Department, according to a letter the department sent to State Rep. Joseph Cervantes.

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