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Low-cost Technology for Environment-Friendly Plastic Developed
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Osaka Gas Co. said Friday it and an ally have developed a low-cost manufacturing technology for a new environmentally friendly but highly heat-resistant plastic that can be recycled with a special type of bacteria.

Dischargers Seek Delay in River Cleanup Plan
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Karen Dorn Steele, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.

Spokane River dischargers want regulators to delay for at least six months a stringent cleanup plan to reduce the river's phosphorous pollution.

Bears on China Farms Face "Barbaric Cruelty"-Group
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Bears kept on Chinese farms for their bile are suffering barbaric cruelty despite years of attempts by authorities to stem the practice, a Hong Kong-based animal welfare group said on Monday.

EPA Sets Exposure Limit for Fuel Pollutant
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The government on Friday issued its first safety standard for perchlorate, a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel and explosives and blamed for widespread contamination of drinking water especially near many military sites.

EPA Sets Exposure Limit for Rocket Fuel Pollutant
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The government on Friday issued its first safety standard for perchlorate, a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel and explosives and blamed for widespread contamination of drinking water near military sites.

Organic Produce Businesses Start to Grow
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Melanthia Mitchell, Associated Press

Most of Ronny Bell's friends have always been farmers, but tilling the earth was not for this New York transplant. Instead, Bell started an organic produce delivery business that blended healthy eating with convenience.

Group to Examine Possible Cell Phone Risks
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Jonathan Fowler, Associated Press Writer

An organization that sets standards for some 100 nations has brokered an accord to help authorities assess the potential health risks facing mobile phone users.

EPA Sides with North Carolina on Pollution Controls for TVA Coal Plants
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Tenn.

Tennessee Valley Authority could be required to install more costly pollution controls on its coal plants next year under a consent agreement signed Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and North Carolina officials pushing to limit smog in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Programs Aim to Help Farmers Conserve Water
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Erin Smith, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.

Area farmers were encouraged to conserve water and were apprised of government programs and insurance policies supporting water conservation at the annual potato and grain conference here this week.

California Lawmaker to Propose Study on Converting Nuclear Plant to Natural Gas
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - David Sneed, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

A proposal to study Diablo Canyon's earthquake safety and the potential for converting the nuclear plant to natural gas has positioned Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee as an ambitious and somewhat contrarian freshman Republican.

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