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Dow Chemical Brought Growth, Regrets to Freeport, Texas
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

James Seidler's family tree is one of the few in this small coastal town with deeper roots than Dow Chemical, a company that has dominated the pancake-flat horizon, and a lot else here, since the 1940s.

Leaks Make up Big Part of Toxics Released by Industry
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Dina Cappiello, Houston Chronicle

On a breezy day, Shell's 600-acre chemical plant in Deer Park turns into a giant wind chime.

MeadWestvaco to Sell Paper-Making Business, Plant in Western Maryland
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun

MeadWestvaco Corp. said yesterday that it is selling its paper-making business, including a Western Maryland mill that is the second-largest private employer in Allegany County.

CMS Energy Expects Costly Toxic cleanup at Petoskey, Mich., Development
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Hugh McDiarmid Jr., Detroit Free Press

Dangerous toxics seeping into Lake Michigan at the Bay Harbor development near Petoskey could cost CMS Energy Corp. more than $45 million to clean up.

Old High-Tech Gadgets Become New Breed of Junk
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Lolly Bowean, Chicago Tribune

While many Lake County residents are fascinated with their new flat-screen TVs, digital cameras, Palm Pilots and other popular Christmas gifts, Victoria Wiedel worries about what will happen to the old ones.

Environmentalists Say Hawksbill Sea Turtle in "Drastic Decline" in Mexico
January 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Activists of the World Wildlife Fund called on Mexico and the Caribbean nations on Tuesday to urgently implement plans to reverse what the organization called "a drastic decline" in the population of hawksbill sea turtles.

Mexican Authorities Order Gas Well Closed after Explosion, Spill
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mexico's environmental protection agency ordered the closure of a gas well operated by the state-owned oil company Pemex on Monday, after it found the company had not gotten environmental impact and safety approval for the well, which exploded Jan. 11.

Record Warm Winter Stirs Sleepy Estonian Bears
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - David Mardiste, Reuters

Estonia's warmest winter for two centuries has woken some of its 600 bears several months early from hibernation, wildlife experts say.

U.S. Officials Accuse DuPont of Concealing Teflon Ingredient's Health Risk
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune

More than 50 years after DuPont started producing Teflon near this Ohio River town, federal officials are accusing the company of hiding information suggesting that a chemical used to make the popular stick- and stain-resistant coating might cause cancer, birth defects and other ailments.

Fishermen Barred from Spawning Grounds of Rare Species in U.S. Virgin Islands
January 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

U.S. authorities have barred fishing in areas of the U.S. Virgin Islands where rare species spawn, officials said Monday.

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