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Disaster-Cleanup Firms in Orange County Scrambling to Keep Up With Calls
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Collins, The Orange County Register, Calif.

The first sign of trouble was when the kitchen curtains toppled from the wall. Then the window and ceiling sprouted leaks, drip, drip, dripping all over Marsha Talbot's kitchen.

Emmpak Foods Reaches Pollution Settlement
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Marie Rohde, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Emmpak Foods Inc. has installed equipment to prevent grease, oil and animal parts from clogging local sewers and has agreed to donate $30,000 to two community groups as part of a settlement of a federal lawsuit brought by two environmental groups.

Woman Absorbs Cost of Big Sprinkler Leak; City Lowers Bill to $2,000
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Lakisha Ladson, The Dallas Morning News

The bad news about Eileen Davis' sprinkler system hit her like a spray of cold water in the face.

PPL to Spend Over Half-Billion Dollars to Clean 3 Power Plants
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Sam Kennedy and Dan Shope, The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa.

Environmental legislation passed a decade and half ago and the threat of stricter rules to come are prompting PPL Corp. to spend more than a half-billion dollars to clean up three coal-fired power plants.

Warm Weather Melting Skiers' Season
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Matt Birkbeck, The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa.

According to Anthony Gigi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., the cold Arctic air that blanketed the region last year is in short supply this year, offering short-term blasts but nothing like last winter, when the temperature remained at or below freezing nearly the entire season.

Fines Urged in Sales of Unregistered Flea Treatments
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - David Washburn, The San Diego Union-Tribune

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation yesterday proposed $3 million in fines for 13 pet-supply companies, including two in San Diego County, for allegedly selling unregistered foreign flea treatments.

Nebraska Woman Wins Emissions Lawsuit Against Tyson
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Joe Ruff, Associated Press

A federal jury has awarded $17,500 to a woman who sued IBP Inc., now Tyson Fresh Meats, because of hydrogen sulfide gas emissions at a Dakota City beef packing plant in the 1990s.

Board Backs Proposed Nuclear Waste Dump at Utah Reservation, Reversing Objection on Plane Crash Risk
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Travis Reed, Associated Press

A federal licensing board approved a proposed nuclear waste dump Thursday, reversing an earlier ruling that there was too much risk of a plane crash from a nearby air base.

Venezuela Unwilling to Negotiate Tax Increase on a Heavy Crude Upgrading Project Involving ExxonMobil
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Venezuela is not willing to negotiate a tax increase on a heavy crude upgrading project involving ExxonMobil, Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said Thursday.

Deluge Deadly for Southern California's Dairy Cows
February 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press

The record rains in Southern California have done heavy damage to the dairy industry, killing or sickening cows and leaving herds udder-deep in mud and cold water.

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