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Health Standard for Perchlorate in Drinking Water Too High, Panel Says
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

A panel of scientists concluded Monday that perchlorate, a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel and explosives, is safe for consumption at levels 20 times greater than the standard being considered by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Tsunami Disaster in Focus as Island Meeting Opens
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Nita Bhalla and C. Bryson Hulll, Reuters

The Indian Ocean tsunami has pushed disaster early warning to the top of the agenda at a meeting of the world's small islands, potentially crowding out concerns about climate change and trade, some delegates say.

Device Could Cut Air Pollution at Long Beach, California Port
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Eric Johnson, Press-Telegram

Harbor Commissioners on Monday lauded the potential of new technology that may reduce air pollution from giant ships docked at the Port of Long Beach by 90 percent or more.

Residents Displaced by Chlorine Gas May Be Kept Away Longer
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Wilkinson, The State

Thousands of people evacuated last week when a train crash unleashed deadly chlorine gas might not return home Wednesday, as had been hoped.

EarthTalk: Is it True that Coastal Development Contributed to Greater Loss of Life from the Tsunami?
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

The tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia in December was a natural catastrophe triggered by a massive undersea earthquake. But rampant coastal development in recent years--which removed the mangrove forests and coral reefs that had previously been abundant along shorelines--did contribute to the damage and death toll.

EPA Watchdog Finds Security Lapses in Remote Controls for Water Systems
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Water utilities have installed computer-based remote controls "with little attention paid to security," leaving valves, pumps and chemical mixers for water supplies vulnerable to cyber-attack, according to an Environmental Protection Agency report.

Rising Seas Threaten Islands, Cities, Coasts
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

It sounds insignificant alongside the Indian Ocean tsunami, yet an almost imperceptible annual rise in the world's oceans may pose a huge threat to ports, coasts and islands by 2100.

Sierra Club Blasts University of Central Florida for Stadium Plans
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - David Damron, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.

UCF's sudden drive to build an on-campus stadium has opened the door for a wider challenge to the school's controversial growth plan.

Graniteville, S.C., Mill Officials Fear Equipment Damage from Chlorine Leak
January 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Nesbitt, The Augusta Chronicle, Ga.

Avondale Mills officials are still waiting to do a damage assessment of the seven plants and related offices shut down by the Norfolk Southern train wreck, but have been warned by chemical experts to expect massive damage from the corrosive chlorine leak that killed nine people, a company official said Monday.

Hurricanes May Have Spared Manatees
January 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The fury of four hurricanes in Florida may have spared the state's endangered manatee population from further decline.

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