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Order Allows Brazilian Farmers to Produce Genetically Modified Soy Just as Planting Starts
October 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Alan Clendenning, Associated Press

Brazil's president issued a controversial executive order allowing farmers to plant genetically modified soybeans, just as the planting season in the world's second-largest soy producer goes into high gear.

American Indians Who Fish for Their Food Are Worried About Mercury in the Nation's Waters
October 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Ashley H. Grant, Associated Press

American Indians are adding their voices to the controversy over mercury in the nation's waters, saying they are among the biggest consumers of fish and therefore more at risk from contamination.

Washington State Voters to Wrestle with Future of Nation's Nuclear Waste
October 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Shannon Dininny, Associated PressShannon Dininny, Associated PressShannon Dininny, Associated Press

Supporters call an initiative on the Washington state ballot a no-brainer: bar the federal government from shipping nuclear waste to the Hanford nuclear site until all the existing waste there is cleaned up.

Bush Environmental Policies Spur Some Outdoorsmen to Consider Kerry
October 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Judith Kohler, Associated Press

Bob Elderkin's vote would appear to be a sure bet for President Bush on Nov. 2. He is a hunter, part of a conservative-leaning group of outdoors people that is 38 million strong and avidly supports gun rights.

Japan's Top Court Orders Government to Pay Minamata Mercury Poisoning Victims 22 Years After Case Was Filed
October 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Kozo Mizoguchi, Associated Press

Japan's top court ordered the government to pay US$703,000 in damages to victims of the Minamata mercury poisoning 22 years after their famous case was filed over an industrial pollution disaster that killed more than 1,700 people and caused diseased mothers to give birth to deformed babies.

The Movement for GE-Free Neighborhoods Grows
October 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Icicle Networks

On this week's radio program Beyond Organic, join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network (, as we learn more about the grassroots movements for GE (genetically engineered) -Free neighborhoods.

Middletown, Ohio, Steel Company Gets Grant to Meet Pollution Standards
October 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Middletown Journal, Ohio

AK Steel Corp. will receive $150,000 in an Ohio Business and Roadwork Development grant, the state said Monday.

Puget Sound Oil-Spill Costs Surpass $1 million in Washington State
October 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Susan Gordon, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash.

The cleanup bill for Thursday's South Sound oil spill now exceeds $1 million, and investigators still haven't figured out who's to blame.

Two Die, 100 Fall Sick After Drinking Contaminated Water in Pakistan
October 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Two people died and about 100 others fell ill after drinking contaminated water from a well in a Pakistani village, an official said recently.

Number of Human-made Fires in Amazon Rain Forest Grows
October 19, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The number of human-made fires is increasing in the Amazon rain forest on Indian reservations, in farming regions, and in so-called environmental protections areas, the federal environmental protection agency, Ibama, said recently.

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