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Energy Remains Challenge for Bush
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Jim Landers, The Dallas Morning News

Among the challenges facing President Bush in his second term is a big one left over from his first: energy.

AK Steel to Pay $300,000 to Settle Butler, Pa., Environmental Violations
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

AK Steel, already operating under a 2001 consent order that required it to stop discharging tons of pollutants into Connoquenessing Creek, has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle additional charges it violated federal and state hazardous waste, air and water standards at its specialty steel mill in Butler.

Florida Buys Portion of Blackwater River State Forest
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Isaac Sabetai, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach

The Blackwater River State Forest will expand after the Florida Division of Forestry purchased a large swath of privately owned land located in the middle of the forest.

High Gas Prices Hurt Some, but SUVs Remain Popular Among Car Buyers
December 3, 2004 12:00 AM - Mark Glover, The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

It has not been the best of times for sport-utility vehicles.

Once-Cozy Company Town Divided on Plan to Sell Water to Nestle
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Brian Melley, Associated Press

It's fitting that the snowcapped crown of Mount Shasta looms over this old lumber town like spring water promotion -- two major bottling plants are located at its base and a third is on the way.

Oil Leaks from Ocean Floor Near Brazilian Offshore Well
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Oil seeped from an underwater leak near an offshore well off Brazil's southeastern coast, causing an oil slick up to 10 kilometers (6 miles) long, environmental officials said Wednesday.

China Denies Planning Commercial Sales of Genetically Modified Rice
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Joe McDonald, Associated Press

The Chinese government said Thursday it is testing the safety of genetically modified rice but denied claims by environmentalists that it is preparing to allow commercial sales.

Newmont Positive on Indonesia Despite Legal Case
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Jerry Norton, Reuters

Newmont Mining Corp. (NEM.N) is positive about its Indonesia operations despite allegations of pollution that could bring legal charges against executives and a company unit, a Newmont vice president said on Thursday.

Feds Fine Two Biotech Companies for Seed Gaffes
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Paul Elias, Associated Press

Federal regulators recently fined two biotech companies more than $5,600 for improperly handling genetically modified crops, but said they aren't investigating the University of California, Davis for its role in unknowingly shipping engineered tomato seeds to researchers around the world.

Reawakened Mount St. Helens is Washington State's New Top Polluter
December 2, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Washington state's top polluter isn't a pulp mill, a power plant or refinery. It's the newly awakened Mount St. Helens.

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