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California Recycler Takes TVs for Free
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Clint Swett, The Sacramento Bee

It wasn't that long ago that getting rid of a computer monitor or television was often a cumbersome and costly ordeal. Laden with pounds of toxic lead, the cathode ray tubes that are the heart of such devices were unwelcome at garbage dumps and expensive to recycle.

Cleanup of Military Waste on Right Track
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Udy Fahys, The Salt Lake Tribune

Patches of Utah held underground tanks that refueled World War II military trucks. Whole ranges served as experiment stations for testing toxic nerve gases or rock-busting explosives. Abandoned military sites like these have been a focus of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for two decades.

Corps Cites Seattle for Filling Wetlands
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times

Federal regulators have cited the city of Seattle for illegally filling wetlands and a portion of Hamm Creek in Southwest Seattle during a major construction project.

Indonesian Court Rules Mining Companies Can Operate in Protected Forests
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Thirteen mining companies will be able to operate in protected forests in Indonesia after the country's highest court Thursday rejected a petition by environmental groups claiming the practice was illegal.

Oil Industry Leaders Discuss Arctic Challenges at Meeting in Northern Norway
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Doug Mellgren, Associated Press

Oil industry leaders met in Norway's far north Thursday to discuss the prospects and challenges of oil drilling in one of the world's last petroleum frontiers: the Arctic.

PET Peeve -- A Guest Commentary
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Coors, The Future 500

Oil won’t last forever – for that we are lucky. Petroleum dependence is a risky, unreliable crutch that drives global insecurity, depletion, and pollution.

Anger and Fear over Asbestos Contamination in Wealthy Sacramento Suburb
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Brian Melley, Associated Press

A huge cloud of construction dust blowing across the field where his son played Little League signaled to Lance McMahan it was time to get out of this fast-growing suburb above Sacramento.

G-8 Countries Trying to Reach Compromises on Africa and Global Warming
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Martin Crutsinger, Associated Press

World leaders faced pressure from the United States to scale back goals for relieving African poverty and combatting disease on the world's poorest continent. But British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday he planned to keep campaigning for his ambitious objectives with other world leaders.

Donor Countries Agree to Finance a Feasibility Study to Save the Shrinking Dead Sea
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Donor countries have agreed to finance a feasibility study for a proposal to save the shrinking Dead Sea by feeding it with water through a canal from the Red Sea, the World Bank informed the sea's neighbors Thursday, according to a Jordanian official.

Government Takes Largest Suit over Power Plant Changes to Court
July 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Ryan, Associated Press

The nation's biggest power generator broke clean air rules by failing to cut emissions at plants in four states that foul the air in the Northeast and harm health, a federal lawyer argued Wednesday.

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