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Studies Show Sealants Protect against Arsenic in Wooden Playgrounds, Decks
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Using an oil- or water-based sealant or stain at least once a year can limit the amount of arsenic in pesticide-treated lumber that can escape and come into contact with people's skin, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mexican Environmental Official Slams Pipeline Maintenance, Says Closure of Ducts Possible
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

A plan by Mexico's state-owned oil company to fix problem pipelines is "totally insufficient," and authorities may consider closing high-risk ducts threatening spills or explosions, the head of Mexico's environmental protection agency said Thursday.

Man Tries to Revive Honeybee Population
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Lisa Rathke, Associated Press

Todd Hardie of Honey Gardens Apiaries is dedicated to his honeybees. In December he and a group of volunteers scooped up 600 hives out of the snow, packed them onto a tractor trailer and drove them south to South Carolina. The bees, threatened by the deadly varroa mite, had a better chance of surviving the winter and thriving down south, he said.

Interim Storage Needed to Supplement Yucca Mountain Nuclear Dump, House Subcommittee Says
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

A House spending panel is directing the Energy Department to start sending nuclear waste to an interim storage site next year, a shift from the Bush administration's focus on the troubled Yucca Mountain dump in Nevada.

In School Cafeterias, Trash Piling High Despite Recycling Efforts
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Ben Feller, Associated Press

As students walk by with their lasagna, snacks and fruit, Sally Oswald sees a cafeteria routine that most parents do not. This is no lunch line. It's a trash line. Students at Hammond Elementary toss away half-eaten apples, untouched sandwiches and portions of pizza slices.

U.S. Virgin Islands Should Use Caribbean Sun, Switch to Solar Energy, Says Official
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

U.S. Virgin Islands residents ought to switch to solar power because of skyrocketing oil prices, an official said Thursday. The average electricity bill shot up 3.7 percent this month because of the rising cost of oil, which the U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority burns to generate power.

ENN Weekly: May 9th - 13th
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors, ENN

ENN's editors summarize the most compelling environmental and sustainable economy themes of the week. In the news May 9 - 13: The financial impact of global warming, a new manmade island project in the works, backpackers rally to clean up in the wake of the tsunami, and schools address lunchtime waste.

Pesticide Appearing in Watershed
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times

Five years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency moved to phase out homeowner sales of diazinon, a popular lawn insecticide that posed human health risks and had shown up at elevated levels in Seattle-area streams.

Ocean Trade Increasing, Say Participants in Miami, Fla., Trade Conference
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Doreen Hemlock, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Ocean trade is growing so fast across the Americas that seaports, railways, roads and other transport systems need to be expanded fast to handle the soaring cargo traffic.

Ameren to Spend up to $1.4 Billion on Pollution Control over Four Years
May 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Salter, Associated Press

Utility Ameren Corp. plans to spend up to $1.4 billion over the next four years to bring coal-burning power plants in Missouri and Illinois into compliance with federal emissions guidelines.

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