Sci/tech

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.

Automakers Sue Over California's Tough Vehicle-Emissions Rules
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Automobile manufacturers sued Tuesday to block California regulators from adopting the world's toughest vehicle-emissions standards, arguing in a lawsuit that the standards are the federal government's responsibility.

U.S. Scientists Rank Honda First for Clean Cars for Third Time
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

A group of U.S. scientists on Tuesday gave Honda Motor Co. the top slot in a survey of automakers' technologies to produce environmentally friendly cars.

Maryland Heights, Md., Firm Gets Extension for Toxic Cleanup in Peru
December 8, 2004 12:00 AM - Sara Shipley and Peter Shinkle, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Violence erupted in La Oroya, Peru, this week as Doe Run Resources Corp. of Maryland Heights won an extension on its government-mandated plan to clean up toxic pollution at its metallurgical complex in the Andes Mountains.

Japanese Automakers Continue to Produce Greenest Vehicles, Report Says
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press

Japanese manufacturers continue to make the cleanest-burning vehicles, but automakers are generally doing a poor job in lowering emissions that contribute to global warming, an environmental group said Tuesday.

'Hero of the Planet' Engineer Puts 'Green' Mark on Building Design
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Randy Gragg, Philadelphia Daily News

William McDonough is trying to change the way the world works. McDonough calls "cradle to grave" the Industrial Revolution model of extracting natural resources for products destined for the landfill.

Riverview, Fla., Fertilizer Plant Digs in To Prevent Spills
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Mike Salinero, Tampa Tribune, Fla.

Bulldozers and dump trucks are moving thousands of tons of earth at the former Cargill phosphate processing plant, hoping to prevent a recurrence of the wastewater spill triggered by Hurricane Frances.

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.

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