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American Research Team to Study Impact of U.S.-Owned Smelter on Peru Townspeople
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Rick Vecchio, Associated Press

A research team from an American university will study the impact toxic emissions are having on townspeople in La Oroya, a bleak, smoke-choked town where a U.S. company operates a metallurgical plant.

Transportation Bill Includes Controversial $207 Million Pet Project for Hastert
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Maura Kelly Lannan, Associated Press

The massive transportation bill President Bush signed Wednesday includes $207 million for a pet project of House Speaker Dennis Hastert -- a new road connecting two major highways in his district. Some locals say it will promote urban sprawl, hurt the environment and swallow up fertile farmland.

Living with the Legacy of 'Away'
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, David Suzuki Foundation

(By Dr. David Suzuki) What do you do with waste? Why, you throw it away, of course. But think about the term, "throw it away." Where exactly is this "away" place and what happens to things when they get there? For the city of Vancouver, away is a place hundreds of kilometers up river. For Toronto, away is a place in a different country. And that's just household garbage being carted off to distant landfills. We also dump air pollutants up our smoke stacks and out our tail pipes. We pour human and industrial waste into our rivers and oceans. We spray chemicals on our crops and hope the residue goes away.

Scrapped Locomotive Engines Power Roanoke Business
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Lois Caliri, Roanoke Times

A steel company in Indonesia might someday fire up a power plant that was built from refurbished locomotive engines in Roanoke.

FedEx West Coast Hub Goes Solar
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jane Roberts, The Commercial Appeal

FedEx Corp. flipped the switch this week in Oakland, Calif., turning its whole West Coast hub into a solar-generating machine and casting a nice glow on a hometown partnership.

Texas Approves Green Plus as Alternative Formulation Solution for Texas Low Emission Diesel
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

Biofriendly Corporation announced today that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued a notification approving Biofriendly's Green Plus diesel fuel enhancer as an Alternative Formulation solution when added to standard #2 low sulfur diesel to meet the State's new stringent Texas Low Emission Diesel (TxLED) regulation.

Denver's Oldest Title Insurer to "Close Green," Launching First-Ever Linked Documents Online
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

After recently spending over $2,500 to shred over 3,000 real estate records older than seven years, Zoe Sawyer, vice president of associate development for RE/MAX Southeast, didn't hesitate when one of Denver's oldest and largest title insurance companies, Land Title Guarantee Company, asked her to get her 160 Realtors to "Close Green" and switch to emailed paperless transactions for commitments to insure, corresponding documents and B-2's.

Caterpillars Becoming a Nuisance in Vermont
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Forest tent caterpillars have munched through thousands of acres of trees this year, but state officials don't expect the state's sugar maples to suffer any long term damage.

Firefighters Battle Forest Blaze in Southern Spain
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Firefighters and water-dropping aircraft renewed efforts Tuesday to douse fires that have burned about 4,000 hectares (9,900 acres) of forest in a national park in southern Spain.

Herbicide-Resistant Weed Plagues California
August 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Horseweed was once merely a nuisance to farmers. Now, it's becoming a full-blown nightmare worthy of an agricultural horror flick: scientists in California have found clusters of the weed that are resistant to scores of herbicides, leaving farmers to fight an increasingly formidable and costly foe.

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