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Bangor, Maine, Approves Switch to Biodiesel Fuel
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Misty Edgecomb, Bangor Daily News, Maine

This time next winter, exhaust from the city buses idling in Pickering Square will smell like popcorn, thanks to the vegetable-based fuel in their gas tanks, the city announced Monday.

Bakersfield, Calif., Shell Refinery Reaches Pact with EPA to Stay Open
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Erin Waldner, The Bakersfield Californian

The Shell Bakersfield Refinery on Rosedale Highway has received a stay of execution.

Durham, N.C., 'Tinkerer' Recycles Automotive Antifreeze, Sells it Back to Shops
December 7, 2004 12:00 AM - Paul Bonner, The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C.

All but worthless in itself, used motor oil became valuable enough 20 years ago that a network developed to link auto repair shops with re-refiners who turned waste oil into fuel or an ingredient in asphalt.

The Week Ahead: Dec. 6 - Dec. 10, 2004
December 6, 2004 12:00 AM - the Editors of ENN

Environmental Conferences and Events, Dec. 6 - Dec. 10, 2004

EarthTalk: Do You Have Any Tips for Saving Energy in My Home?
December 6, 2004 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

A University of Michigan study estimates that the average American household could reduce its energy bills by 65 percent and, over the home's lifetime, save $52,000 if it maximized energy efficiency.

Interior Department Finds Sage Grouse Outlook Less Than Dire
December 6, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Interior Department biologists have recommended against adding the sage grouse to the U.S. endangered species list, a determination that could wind up benefiting natural gas and oil producers but add to environmentalists' concerns.

EPA Projects Hazardous Waste Sites Growing in Number and Cleanup Costs
December 6, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

At the current pace of cleanup work, it could take up to 35 years and $280 billion to fix most of the nation's existing and yet-to-be-discovered hazardous waste sites, the government said Friday.

Most Coral Reefs Under Threat, Some Resilient
December 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

About 70 percent of the world's coral reefs have been wrecked or are at risk from human activities but some are showing surprising resilience to global warming, a report said on Monday.

Government and Tribal Leaders Agree To Work Together on Great Lakes Cleanup
December 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Maura Kelly Lannan, Associated Press

Dozens of government and tribal leaders are joining forces to preserve the Great Lakes from environmental dangers, but some say more money and a clear action plan are still needed make sure the job gets done.

As Tech Trash Piles Up, E-Junk Recycling Still in its Infancy
December 6, 2004 12:00 AM - Ellen Simon, Associated Press

When Office Depot, Inc. stores ran an electronics recycling drive last summer that accepted everything from cell phones to televisions, some stores were overwhelmed by the amount of e-trash they received.

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