MeadWestvaco to Sell Paper-Making Business, Plant in Western Maryland
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun
MeadWestvaco Corp. said yesterday that it is selling its paper-making business, including a Western Maryland mill that is the second-largest private employer in Allegany County.
CMS Energy Expects Costly Toxic cleanup at Petoskey, Mich., Development
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Hugh McDiarmid Jr., Detroit Free Press
Dangerous toxics seeping into Lake Michigan at the Bay Harbor development near Petoskey could cost CMS Energy Corp. more than $45 million to clean up.
Old High-Tech Gadgets Become New Breed of Junk
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune
While many Lake County residents are fascinated with their new flat-screen TVs, digital cameras, Palm Pilots and other popular Christmas gifts, Victoria Wiedel worries about what will happen to the old ones.
Environmentalists Say Hawksbill Sea Turtle in "Drastic Decline" in Mexico
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Activists of the World Wildlife Fund called on Mexico and the Caribbean nations on Tuesday to urgently implement plans to reverse what the organization called "a drastic decline" in the population of hawksbill sea turtles.
Mexican Authorities Order Gas Well Closed after Explosion, Spill
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Mexico's environmental protection agency ordered the closure of a gas well operated by the state-owned oil company Pemex on Monday, after it found the company had not gotten environmental impact and safety approval for the well, which exploded Jan. 11.
Record Warm Winter Stirs Sleepy Estonian Bears
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - David Mardiste, Reuters
Estonia's warmest winter for two centuries has woken some of its 600 bears several months early from hibernation, wildlife experts say.
U.S. Officials Accuse DuPont of Concealing Teflon Ingredient's Health Risk
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune
More than 50 years after DuPont started producing Teflon near this Ohio River town, federal officials are accusing the company of hiding information suggesting that a chemical used to make the popular stick- and stain-resistant coating might cause cancer, birth defects and other ailments.
Fishermen Barred from Spawning Grounds of Rare Species in U.S. Virgin Islands
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press
U.S. authorities have barred fishing in areas of the U.S. Virgin Islands where rare species spawn, officials said Monday.
Geologist has Vision for Wyoming
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Jennifer Frazer, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle
Wyoming is a geologist's paradise: it's got gemstones and metals, coal seams and earthquakes, mountains and mesas, and a little place called Yellowstone.
EarthTalk: Are There Environmentally-Friendlier Ways to De-Ice Pavement?
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Although salt and various salt derivatives melt ice effectively and make both walkways and roads safer, they can be damaging to the environment. After salt is applied, it washes off paved surfaces into storm drains or onto adjacent ground, and can then be carried into nearby bodies of water.