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Ethanol Plant Proposed for Northampton, Pa., Site
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathy Lauer-Williams, The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa.

Northampton could become home to the first ethanol-producing plant on the East Coast.

Michigan Development Agency, Auto Executives Focus on Fuel-Cell Technology
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Alejandro Bodipo-Memba, Detroit Free Press

Michigan's role in developing fuel-cell technology for the future generation of cars and how to transform the region into the fuel-cell capital of the world were the topics at a panel discussion Wednesday sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Wind Energy Goes Mainstream in California
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Jonathan Shikes, The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif.

AES Corp., a Virginia-based utility, said Tuesday that it plans to buy a company that operates 1,371 wind turbines near Palm Springs and employs about 100 people at an operations center there.

Neighbors to Los Angeles Landfills Seek Stricter Controls
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Kerry Cavanaugh, Daily News, Los Angeles

Granada Hills residents pushed on Wednesday for cleaner trash trucks, traffic relief and a host of other improvements before county officials approve plans to join the two Sunshine Canyon Landfill sites into one 415-acre megadump.

New Case of Mad Cow in Canada Raises New Concerns in Kansas, Elsewhere
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Phyllis Jacobs Griekspoor, The Wichita Eagle, Kan.

151As Canada reels from the discovery of a third case of mad cow disease — the second in two weeks — U.S. cattlemen and trade groups are divided over how the American industry and the U.S. government should react.

USDA Seeks 'Guidance Document' Concerning Organic Cows' Pasture Access
January 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Andrew Martin, Chicago Tribune

As more large dairies enter the robust organic milk business, the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to clarify what it means to be an organic dairy cow.

Scientists Use Hazing to Drive Crows Away
January 12, 2005 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

In a city where a huge flock of crows has been pestering people for years, officials are fighting back with a hazing program aimed at disrupting the birds' sleep with noise and light and driving them into the countryside.

San Francisco Officials Pass Law Mandating Humane Treatment for Backyard Dogs
January 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Kim Curtis, Associated Press

In this famously dog-friendly city, dog owners are "pet guardians," the local shelter keeps strays in "apartments" -- and, as of Tuesday, man's best friend is entitled to certain perks.

Blue Bins in, Bags out in Chicago Recycling Experiment
January 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Mihalopoulos, Chicago Tribune

An experiment in replacing blue bags with blue bins received unanimous approval from a City Council committee Monday.

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