Sci/tech

International Forum to Take up Acid-Pollution Problem
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Mike Joseph, Centre Daily Times

Penn State scientists and ClearWater Conservancy will convene an international conference of acid-pollution experts to offer their knowledge to state officials facing decisions on the pyrite cleanup at an Interstate 99 construction site at Skytop.

Groups to Appeal Mining Expansion Near Pennsylvania Park
November 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Len Barcousky, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Environmental organizations opposed to mining near McConnell's Mill State Park plan to appeal a state decision to allow expansion of the mining.

Newport News, Va., 'Ghost Fleet' Casts Shadow over Ship-Breaking Business
November 28, 2004 12:00 AM - David Lerman, Daily Press, Newport News, Va.

On an industrial stretch of the Tees River, just across the water from a nuclear power station and chemical plants, four of Virginia's "ghost ships" sit tied to a dock, awaiting disposal.

Uncertainty Lingers On Over Shell's Oil Reserves
November 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Daily Mail, London

Shell jangled investors nerves by warning it will need two more months before its reserves controversy is settled — and before its historic move to unify its structure is put to shareholders. The 2005 annual meeting, due in April, is being put back to June 28.

Automakers May Feel Pressure by CalPERS to Improve Emissions
November 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Alexa H. Bluth, The Sacramento Bee

California State Controller Steve Westly and CalPERS board member Sean Harrigan want the state's pension fund to lean on automakers to comply with ground-breaking new standards adopted by the state Air Resources Board to help curb global warming.

Wood County, W.Va., Judge Gives DuPont Deal Preliminary Approval
November 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr. The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.

A circuit judge on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a more than $100 million settlement of a lawsuit that alleged DuPont poisoned drinking water supplies here with the toxic chemical C8.

Firms in San Joaquin County, Calif., Honored for Efforts to Reduce Solid Waste
November 24, 2004 12:00 AM - Reed Fujii, The Record, Stockton, Calif.

State officials honored five companies doing business in San Joaquin County for outstanding efforts to reduce solid wastes.

Nevada Firm Says it Can Make Automotive Tires Made with Polymers, Not Rubber
November 23, 2004 12:00 AM - John Russell, Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio

You can pour a beer. You can pour a concrete driveway. You can even pour a cheese-and-broccoli quiche.

New Federal Ruling on Owls Spurs Industry Interest in Off-Limits Forests
November 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael Milstein, The Oregonian

The northern spotted owl still faces enough risk that it warrants continued federal protection more than a decade after efforts to safeguard it forced the collapse of federal lands logging in the Northwest, the U.S. government found.

Now, Lexus Hybrid Due Out in April, Toyota Says
November 21, 2004 12:00 AM - Rick Popely, Chicago Tribune

The gas/electric Lexus RX400h sport-utility vehicle will go on sale April 15 as a 2006 model, about four months later than planned.

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