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W.R. Grace Expects Indictment over Montana Asbestos Contamination
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Paul Adams, The Baltimore Sun

W.R. Grace & Co., the Columbia, Md.-based chemical maker pushed into bankruptcy by asbestos lawsuits, said yesterday that it expects to be indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with asbestos contamination in Libby, Mont., where it once mined vermiculite that contained the hazardous fibers.

Environmental Advocacy Group Urging Yellowstone Officials to Focus on Reducing Roadkill
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Jeff Ruch, executive director of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said park officials are widening too many roads, which leads to higher speeds and more wildlife killed. He said other parks have systems that alert drivers to wildlife on roadways.

Ontario Fuel to Contain Five Percent Ethanol by 2007
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Gasoline in Canada's most populous province will contain an average of 5 percent of pollution-reducing ethanol by 2007, the Ontario government said Friday.

Gash Found on Vessel's Cargo Tank after Delaware River Oil Spill
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press

Divers found a six-foot gash on the tanker that leaked 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River, creating a 20-mile-long slick that killed dozens of birds and threatened other wildlife, officials said Sunday.

Eighty Whales, Dolphins Die on Australian Island
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

At least 80 whales and dolphins have died after beaching themselves on a remote island between the Australian mainland and the country's island state of Tasmania.

Dispute over Montana Riverbed Roiling along Northern Cheyenne Reservation
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

For the Northern Cheyenne, it's about defending a special resource and the border of their reservation. For an energy development firm, it's about business. And for Montana's governor, it's about protecting the state's financial interests and assets, which she insists include the bed of the Tongue River.

US Mining Giant Faces off against Police, Activists over Pollution Claims
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Mention Newmont Mining Corp. in this impoverished seaside community and villagers angrily recount how pollution from its gold mine has killed the fish and sickened residents with headaches, nausea and tremors.

Hillary Opposed to Highway to South Pole
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mount Everest and the first to drive a vehicle to the South Pole, described a U.S. highway to the pole as "terrible."

Anglers Want to Remove Black Bass from List of Threats to Japan's Ecosystems
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - The Yomiuri Shimbun

Industry groups and lawmakers have begun lobbying to remove black bass from a list contained in a new law that targets nonindigenous species believed to be damaging the country's native species and ecosystem.

Fine Particle Pollution is Cutting European Life Expectancy, Says U.N.
November 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Sam Cage, Associated Press

The burning of fossil fuels and wood is cutting life expectancy in some parts of Europe by up to two years, despite a significant reduction in other pollutants, the United Nations said Monday.

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