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Government Takes Largest Suit over Power Plant Changes to Court

The nation's biggest power generator broke clean air rules by failing to cut emissions at plants in four states that foul the air in the Northeast and harm health, a federal lawyer argued Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

PET Peeve

(By Bill Coors) Oil won’t last forever – for that we are lucky. Petroleum dependence is a risky, unreliable crutch that drives global insecurity, depletion, and pollution. If America’s future depended on it, our nation would have a life expectancy of 20, 30, or 40 years. Fortunately, our success doesn’t come from fossil fuels. It comes from innovation, and there is plenty of that left. The technologies to free us from petroleum are at hand. Many are affordable today. >> Read the Full Article

U.N. Environment Chief Tells G8 It Pays to Protect Forests, Coastlines

The U.N. environment chief has a message for leaders of the world's major industrialized nations: scientists have shown that it pays to preserve forests, coastal waters and marshes. Klaus Toepfer made the case that investing in the environment will go a long way toward meeting U.N. goals to reduce poverty, supply clean drinking water and fight the spread of infectious diseases. >> Read the Full Article

ADM up to the Green Challenge

E-mails from colleagues and acquaintances around the world have been landing in Mark Matlock's inbox. The reason for the flurry of correspondence: Relaying congratulatory words for Matlock and his employer, Archer Daniels Midland Co., which recently won two Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. >> Read the Full Article

Farmers Relying on Growing Trust in Organic Labeling

Bill Jaynes follows the U.S. Department of Agriculture's organic farming rules to a T -- his chickens aren't given steroids and none of his crops are sprayed with pesticides. But, like many small-time farmers who use chemical-free methods, he hasn't registered with the government to sell his produce under the official "organic" label. >> Read the Full Article

'Eco-Car' Size Limits Upset Nissan: Official Rules Clash with Export Needs

Nissan Motor Co, Japan's second largest automaker, has voiced disagreement with the government's policy to fix the dimensions for fuel-efficient small cars. >> Read the Full Article

Pennsylvania Governor Signs ACRE Legislation; Local Environmental Ordinances to be Reviewed

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell today signed the Agriculture Communities and Rural Environment (ACRE) bill. >> Read the Full Article

Indonesia to Charge One of Six Newmont Executives Accused of Polluting Bay

Indonesia will charge only one of six Newmont Mining Corp. executives accused of dumping toxic waste into a bay, prosecutors said Tuesday, in a legal victory for the U.S. gold mining giant. >> Read the Full Article

White House Says No Shift by Bush on Climate Change

President George W. Bush has not shifted his position on climate policy, a White House spokeswoman said on Tuesday ahead of the Group of Eight summit. >> Read the Full Article

Study Reveals Lethal Chemicals Stored Near Nation's Largest Population Centers

Experts call it one of the worst-case scenarios in a terror attack: a cloud of lung-melting gas or a toxic fireball ripping though a U.S. city. Potential casualties: 1 million or more. At least 100 chemical plants nationwide could be targeted to produce such devastation, according to congressional researchers in a report that was to be released Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article