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Japan Official Orders Kansai Electric Power Co. to Shut Down Nuclear Reactor
September 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Shoichi Nakagawa on Monday ordered Kansai Electric Power Co. to suspend operation of the No. 3 reactor at its Mihama Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture until the reactor is confirmed to meet government standards, following Japan's most deadly nuclear power plant accident in August.

Maine Dairy Farms Find Success with Organic Milk
September 27, 2004 12:00 AM - Sharon Kiley Mack, Bangor Daily News, Maine

When Gloria and Gregg Varney bought their third-generation dairy farm in Turner 17 years ago, they never dreamed they would pioneer a revolution that has changed dairy farming in Maine.

'Green' Buildings Take Root in New York State
September 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Wayne A. Hall, The Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y.

They're growing gardens insulated with 4 inches of Styrofoam on roofs — and collecting wastewater to irrigate nearby parks — at the 28-floor Battery Park Solaire Building in New York City. There's even a dense stand of bamboo trees to soak up nasty toxic heavy metals that might get into the runoff water.

Wind Power Draws Interest as Practical Way to Diversify Energy Supplies
September 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Tricia Duryee, The Seattle Times

Eric Markell has been watching the wind blow for 25 years, hoping that someday it would heat homes and light buildings.

Organic Farming Studied As Demand Rises
September 26, 2004 12:00 AM - JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press Writer, Columbus, Ohio

Organic farming sounds simple _ no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically engineered plants. But succeeding at it can be complicated. A recent wave of research at universities around the country seeks to take some of the guesswork and financial uncertainty out of the practice.

Planters Take on Monsanto Over Seed Fees — and Sometimes Go to Jail
September 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Jane Roberts, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tenn.

Four months in prison last year hardened Kem Ralph's will to beat agrichemical giant Monsanto in a fight that has made him a cause celebre among farmers who save seed.

Highways, Development Imprison Black Bears
September 26, 2004 12:00 AM - Jim Tunstall, Tampa Tribune, Fla.

When Murphy regained his freedom 4 1/2 years ago, he became one of a handful of Florida black bears living in coastal Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

Dean Foods Sees Soy Milk as Good Source of Income
September 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Karen Robinson-Jacobs, The Dallas Morning News

Anyone who thinks soy won't amount to a hill of beans hasn't looked at Dean Foods Co.'s Silk business.

Tax Breaks Could Provide Windfall for Alternative-energy Industry
September 25, 2004 12:00 AM - Sudeep Reddy, The Dallas Morning News

The wind energy industry is expected to exit its funk now that Congress has passed a tax bill that includes an extension of wind-power incentives through next year.

Acid Rain Pollution Rose 4 Percent in 2003
September 24, 2004 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press Writer

Emissions of sulfur dioxide, which causes acid rain, rose 4 percent in 2003, but probably will not compromise long-term air quality goals according to a study by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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