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Southern California Dam Outlives Its Usefulness, But Removing It Presents a Costly Challenge
November 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Tim Molloy, Associated Press

The Matilija Dam isn't much of a dam anymore; on rainy days, it looks more like a waterfall. A pile of sediment has built up so high behind the dam that when just an inch of rain falls, water spills over in glistening cascades.

High Tech Buildings Use Sunlight, Sea Water to Save Energy
November 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Ellen Simon, Associated Press

At Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the lights are controlled by sensors that measure sunlight. They dim immediately when it's sunny and brighten when a passing cloud blocks the Sun.

Toyota's Hybrid Car Sales Total 280,000
November 1, 2004 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Toyota Motor Corp.'s cumulative sales of its hybrid vehicles amounted to 282,315 units at the end of September, Executive Vice President Ryuji Araki said Monday.

Hybrid Vehicle Demand Up Sharply in Georgia and Nationwide
October 31, 2004 12:00 AM - Linda S. Morris, The Macon Telegraph, Ga.

With gas prices hovering around $2 a gallon and government regulators trying to control emissions, hybrid vehicles may be the way to travel.

Chevrolet's Hybrid Pickup is New Model at Tampa, Fla., Auto Show
October 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Alan Snel, Tampa Tribune, Fla.

Stroll near this truck at the Tampa Bay International Auto Show and you'll find it hard to keep walking by.

Columbia, Md.-Based Chemical Firm Faces Probe Concerning Asbestos Contamination
October 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Stacey Hirsh, The Baltimore Sun

W.R. Grace & Co., the Columbia-based chemical company, said yesterday that it is being investigated by a federal grand jury in connection with asbestos contamination in a small Montana town where it once operated.

Alaska Gas Pipeline Gaining Momentum, But Investors Still Worry About Risks
October 30, 2004 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer

A 3,500-mile pipeline to deliver natural gas from Alaska's North Slope to the fuel-hungry Midwest is suddenly more than a pipe dream.

BP Again Accused of Safety Violations in Alaska
October 30, 2004 12:00 AM - Wesley Loy, Anchorage Daily News, Alaska

State oil industry regulators have proposed a $117,500 civil fine against BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. for possibly violating rules on monitoring and preventing dangerous pressure buildup in Prudhoe Bay wells.

China Welcomes Russian Approval of Kyoto Protocol
October 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

China welcomed on Thursday Russia's ratification of the Kyoto climate change protocol and urged countries that have not done so to follow suit.

Refinery and Chemical Workers Are Not Ready for an Attack, Says Survey
October 29, 2004 12:00 AM - Reuters

Workers at U.S. refineries, chemical plants, and paper mills that might be attractive terrorist targets are not adequately trained to prevent or respond to attacks, according a survey released this week.

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