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Bush Vows to Maintain Tariff Against Brazilian Orange Juice Products

During his Sept. 29 visit to a Lake Wales grove, President Bush gave Florida citrus officials a stronger pledge to preserve the federal tariff on Brazilian orange juice imports than the officials publicly acknowledged. >> Read the Full Article

Pawtucket, R.I., Mercury Spill Could Lead to Steep Fines

Two months ago, vandals broke into a storage shed belonging to New England Gas Co., smashed one jar containing mercury and took another to their apartment complex, causing a spill that contaminated the complex and setting off a cleanup that's still under way. >> Read the Full Article

North Carolina Set to Sue Over Coal Plants

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper said Friday that he intends to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force it to require reduced emissions from coal-fired power plants in 13 states that he says pollute North Carolina's air >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Seek Best Way to Clean Up the Toxic Passaic River in New Jersey

As Bob Chant squeezed through the gap in the chain-link fence, it was clear how little respect the Passaic River has gotten. >> Read the Full Article

North Carolina Dredging Company Accused of Dumping Waste in Chesapeake Bay

A federal grand jury has indicted a North Carolina marine company and its president for allegedly dumping tons of sandy wastes into the Chesapeake Bay near Tangier Island, instead of pumping the materials onto an eroding beach to restore it. >> Read the Full Article

Don't Panic About Soybean Rust, Mississippi Officials Say

Despite news earlier this week that Asian soybean rust has been found in Mississippi, agriculture officials say area farmers should stay calm. >> Read the Full Article

CEO of Columbia, Md.-based Chemical Company Resigns

Paul Norris, who presided over W.R. Grace & Co.'s move from Florida to Maryland and steered it into bankruptcy protection in the face of thousands of asbestos injury lawsuits, will step down as chief executive of the Columbia-based maker of chemicals and building materials in May, the company announced yesterday. >> Read the Full Article

Report on Hydrogen-Fuel Pollution Takes Aim at California Governor's Plans

A report issued Thursday by a Libertarian think tank seeks to debunk Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plans for a "hydrogen highway," by claiming hydrogen-fueled vehicles will make little difference in reducing harmful emissions. >> Read the Full Article

Northern Spotted Owl to Stay on Threatened Species List, but Isn't Endangered, Government Says

The northern spotted owl, the bird at the center of the Pacific Northwest logging wars, will stay on the threatened species list, the government said Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

California Air Regulators Set Tougher Fuel Standards for Watercraft, Railroads

Entering an area of pollution regulation that had been solely the federal government's job, California regulators Thursday set fuel standards for watercraft and locomotives that will be broader and will take effect sooner than impending federal rules. >> Read the Full Article