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Cabinet-Level Committee to Oversee Ocean Policies
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Sarah Frank, Chicago Tribune

President Bush created a Cabinet-level committee Friday to oversee the nation's ocean and Great Lakes policies, but some environmentalists voiced concerns that the initiative could be underfunded and eventually ineffective.

Company Polluted Nitro, W.Va., with Dioxin, Lawsuit Says
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.

For more than 50 years, the Monsanto Co. plant in Nitro churned out herbicides, rubber products and other chemicals.

Alaska Mine First in Nation with Certified Environmental Program
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Tim Bradner, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Anchorage

The Red Dog lead and zinc mine in Northwest Alaska has become the first mine in the nation — and one of a handful in the world — to have its environmental management systems certified under ISO 14001, a stringent international standard.

Workers Face Tough Battle Against Alaskan Oil Spill Amid Icy Seas
December 20, 2004 12:00 AM - Craig Welch, The Seattle Times

Scott Halama, his cheeks crimson from biting winds, dragged a yellow oil boom across an estuary, straining to refashion a barrier destroyed by the night's raging surf.

The Word on Weird Fruits, in Ask Umbra
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

A reader spotted an unusual fruit at her local market, allegedly a "golden kiwi," though larger than the kiwis she was familiar with, and fuzz-less. What, she asks Umbra, is this thing, and what nefarious corporate technological shenanigans are behind it? Umbra reassures that there are more fruits in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in her philosophy -- in Ask Umbra, on the Grist Magazine website.

Danube Recovering from Pollution, but Faces New Threats from Growing Eastern Economies
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Susanna Loof, Associated Press

The fragile ecosystems in the Danube river have recovered from high pollution levels in the 1970s and 1980s but face new threats with the eastern expansion of the European Union, a U.N. official said.

Whale Shark Finds New Friends in Indian Fishermen
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Thomas Kutty Abraham, Reuters

A few weeks ago, the crew of an Indian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea thought they had the biggest catch of their lives.

Britain Decides to Bury Foreign Nuclear Waste
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Alfred de Montesquiou, Associated Press

Britain has agreed to bury foreign nuclear waste in the country, reversing a 30-year policy.

Nevada Officials Approve Money-for-Water Deal with Arizona to Supply Fast-Growing Las Vegas Area
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ritter, Associated Press

Nevada officials Thursday approved a $330 million water-sharing pact with Arizona designed to ensure supplies for tens of thousands of new homes planned for the booming Las Vegas metropolitan area over the next several years.

On Second Look, Feds Give 'Threatened' Listing to Washington State Orcas
December 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Peggy Andersen, Associated Press

Two years after denying Endangered Species Act protection to killer whales that live much of the year near Washington's San Juan Islands, the federal fisheries agency said Thursday it plans to list the struggling population as a threatened species.

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