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Largest Supplier of Construction Materials to Pay Record $373,000 Fine
September 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Mike Taugher, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif.

The world's largest supplier of construction materials paid a record fine this week to settle claims it illegally mined sand out of San Francisco Bay.

Bush, Kerry energy policies vary by matter of degree
September 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Robert Manor, Chicago Tribune

As oil prices soar, so does the importance of energy as an issue in the presidential campaign.

Export of Genetically Alterned Corn to Mexico Stirs Controversy, Concern
September 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Hugh Dellios, Chicago Tribune

Even before its release, a report addressing the potential impact of genetically altered U.S. corn exports to Mexico has stirred up a dustdevil of controversy, including fears that the Bush administration is trying to bury it.

The Environmental Pros and Cons of Damming Rivers for Hydropower, and Nut Allergies in Children
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Hydropower has been part of Americaís energy mix since the 1880s when the worldís first hydroelectric plant began operation on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin. By the 1940s, hydropower accounted for about 40 percent of Americaís energy needs.

Locusts Encroach on West African Rice-Growing Area
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Tiemoko Diallo, Reuters

West Africa's worst locust plague for 15 years has encroached on one of the region's largest rice-growing areas.

California OKs Toughest Auto Emissions Rules
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

California has adopted the world's first rules to reduce greenhouse emissions for autos, taking what supporters see as a dramatic step toward cleaning up the environment but also ensuring higher costs for drivers.

Anthrax Outbreak Hits Animal Preserves
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An outbreak of anthrax has killed at least 1,500 wild game animals in nature preserves in southeastern Zimbabwe.

Rumbling at Mount St. Helens Triggers Alert
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Reed Stevenson, Reuters

Government scientists have warned hikers and researchers not to go near the crater of the Mount St. Helens volcano because there is an "increased likelihood" an explosion could occur, sending rocks and debris down the side of the mountain.

Thai Suspected Bird Flu Case Fans Human Link Fear
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Vissuta Pothong, Reuters

Thailand, rattled by fears a girl passed bird flu to her mother, says it has no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the deadly H5N1 virus in the country.

Number Of Dead From Haiti Floods Tops 1,070, With 1,250 Others Missing
September 28, 2004 12:00 AM - Amy Bracken, Associated Press

Trucks dumped scores of bodies into a mass grave in this flood-ravaged city still littered with corpses, as officials said the death toll from Tropical Storm Jeanne rose to more than 1,070 and could double again.

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