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New York Governor Vetoes Bill Extending Ban on Use of Plastic Plumbing Pipe
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Tom Precious, The Buffalo News, N.Y.

Gov. George Pataki vetoed legislation, which had passed overwhelmingly in the Legislature, that would have banned the use of plastic plumbing pipes in commercial and larger residential construction.

Rush Creek Mine Plan Moves Charleston, W.Va., Neighbor to Act
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.

A Charleston man is trying to alert his neighbors about the problems he believes will be caused by a mountaintop removal coal mine proposed for his neighborhood.

Schwarzenegger Makes Democrat new California EPA Chief
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News, Calif.

In a move cheered by environmentalists, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday tapped Alan Lloyd, chairman of the state's Air Resources Board, to be secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency.

Thai Zoo To Be Charged over Illegal Orangutan
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

The owners of a Bangkok amusement park will be charged with importing endangered animals illegally after DNA tests confirmed a group of orangutan had not been born in Thailand, forestry police said on Thursday.

California Energy Regulators Require More Efficient Appliances
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

California regulators are forcing manufacturers of household electronics such as TVs, DVD players and cell phone chargers to make their products more energy efficient under new rules that could spark a nationwide trend toward wattage-thrifty small appliances.

China in Olympic-Size Stink over Dumped Dead Pets
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Residents of Beijing are worried that the careless disposal of dead pets is hurting their campaign for a "green" Olympic Games to be held in the capital in 2008, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.

New Tram Line in Geneva is Part of Global Rebirth of Light-Rail Networks
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Sam Cage, Associated Press

The old-fashioned streetcar, which had nearly clanged into oblivion by the end of the 20th century, has been making a sleek comeback with new lines opening from Sydney to Paris, Buenos Aires to Houston.

Rincon Indian Tribe Donates San Diego-Area Casino Land for Endangered Toad
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - James May, Indian Country Today

It is not often that stories that involve the construction of a tribal casino and involvement by the federal and county governments actually have a happy and easy ending, but that was the case recently near the Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission Indians.

NASA Spacecraft Tracks Global Air Pollution
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

A NASA spacecraft has begun the first-ever daily tracking of how air pollution moves across the globe, a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Wednesday.

Scientist Uses Whey to Protect Food
December 16, 2004 12:00 AM - Michelle Locke, Associated Press

Oxygen, water, seeping oils -- they're all out to get your food, turning sweet nuts sour and tasty confections rancid. Food scientist John Krochta is fighting back with an unlikely weapon, edible food coatings derived from whey, the dairy byproduct favored by protein-conscious athletes and Miss Muffet.

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