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DuPont Study Finds High C8 Levels in Blood of Parkesburg, W.Va., Residents
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Ken Ward Jr., The Charleston Gazette, W.Va.

A DuPont Co. study found high levels of the toxic chemical C8 in the blood of residents near its Parkersburg plant, according to documents provided to federal regulators.

Judge Rules Against Elmore, Ohio, Workers in Toxic Beryllium Dust Case
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - James Drew, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio

In a victory for Brush Wellman, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled yesterday that up to 7,000 contract workers who may have been exposed to unsafe levels of toxic beryllium dust at the company's plant near Elmore cannot file a class-action lawsuit against the firm.

Environmental Group Sues Over Relaxed Oil Drilling Rules
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Janet Elliott, Houston Chronicle

The Bush administration was accused Wednesday of buckling under pressure from Houston-based Davis Brothers Inc. when it changed rules for directional drilling of oil and gas reserves under Big Thicket and other national parks.

Soy Story: On the Environmental Impacts of Soy
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Umbra Fisk, Grist Magazine

Umbra answers a reader’s question on the environmental impacts of soy farming and production. Turns out you probably eat considerably more soy than you even know about, and it's probably genetically modified and heavily doused with herbicides. Today in Grist: Is soy eco friendly?

Company to Debut 'Fair Trade' Guatemalan Goods in New Haven, Conn.
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - Maria Garriga, New Haven Register, Conn.

Mercado Global will launch a catalog of "fair trade" Guatemalan goods tonight at Hot Tomato's restaurant downtown.

Fuel Cell Developers United Technologies, Toshiba to Split up on Efforts
November 18, 2004 12:00 AM - John M. Moran, The Hartford Courant, Conn.

United Technologies Corp. and Japanese technology giant Toshiba have agreed to go their separate ways when it comes to developing fuel cell products.

Texas Officials Wary of Plan to Hunt by Internet
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Jeff Franks, Reuters

Hunters soon may be able to sit at their computers and blast away at animals on a Texas ranch via the Internet, a prospect that has state wildlife officials up in arms.

Development a Possible Threat to California Lake, Nation's First Federal Scenic Area
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Thompson, Associated Press

Mono Lake, the high desert fascination of humorist Mark Twain that's nearly three times as salty as the ocean, remains the home to trillions of brine shrimp where thousands of California Gulls nest each spring -- all preserved because of ecological activism.

PETA Campaign Pitches Fish as Smart and Sensitive
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - David Crary, Associated Press

Touting tofu chowder and vegetarian sushi as alternatives, animal-rights activists have launched a novel campaign arguing that fish -- contrary to stereotype -- are intelligent, sensitive animals no more deserving of being eaten than a pet dog or cat.

China's Massive South-North Water Diversion Project Facing Money Woes, Report Says
November 17, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Thirsty Beijing will begin by 2010 to divert water from the Yangtze River, far to the south, though the massive project is strapped by financial difficulties and severe pollution, state media reported Wednesday.

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