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Costly Sewer System Divides Coastal California Town
October 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

This Central Coast town is divided by a sewer that doesn't exist -- and perhaps never will. The dispute over how to deal with the town's waste has made mudslingers of even the most civic-minded residents, sometimes literally.

Japan Ships Uranium-Contaminated Soil to U.S. for Disposal
October 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Japan's nuclear research and development agency on Monday shipped uranium-contaminated soil to an undisclosed location in the United States for disposal, officials said.

Great Lakes States Battle Southern Fish Farms on Asian Carp
October 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press

A North-South fish fight is erupting in Congress over legislation to ban imports of Asian carp, a critter that southern fish farmers depend on to control parasites, but which officials of Great Lakes states fear will wreak havoc on the lakes' ecosystems.

House GOP Drops Plans To Try To End Offshore Drilling Bans
October 4, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

House Republicans have abandoned plans to lift the ban on offshore drilling along most of the country's coastline as part of new energy legislation, GOP congressmen said Monday.

On Beyond Organic Radio: The Erin Brockovich of Shrimp
October 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

When shrimp boat captain Diane Wilson found out chemical companies were dumping five million gallons of toxins every day into the bays around her hometown, she began a one woman environmental battle.

Sweat, Fire Help Bring U.S. Midwest Prairies Back
October 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Stern, Reuters

Restoring vanished prairies that looked to long-ago observers like an endless inland grass sea covering the Midwest requires backbreaking work to clear brush, collect and spread seeds and, most importantly, set fires.

New Jersey Community Endures Decades of Ford's Toxic Legacy
October 4, 2005 12:00 AM - The Record, Hackensack, N.J.

A slab of bright blue lies beside a mountain stream above the Wanaque Reservoir. It's a sporty color, maybe the "Diamond Blue" that Ford sprayed on Galaxies in the late 1960s. It hardened like lava where it was dumped more than a generation ago.

U.S. Government Unveils Energy Hog To Promote Conservation
October 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

With U.S. heating bills expected to hit record highs this winter, the Bush administration Monday launched a conservation campaign featuring a cartoon mascot "Energy Hog," which critics said does little to discourage energy use.

August and September of 2005 Two Warmest Months in Boston
October 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

The National Weather Service in Boston yesterday announced that August and September of 2005 were the warmest of those two months on record there.

'Organic' Battleground
October 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Terter, Journal Star, Peoria, Ill.

Now that it is an annual $15 billion market in the United States, organic food is no longer considered a niche market. But it may be a battleground.

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