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Group to Examine Possible Cell Phone Risks

An organization that sets standards for some 100 nations has brokered an accord to help authorities assess the potential health risks facing mobile phone users. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Sides with North Carolina on Pollution Controls for TVA Coal Plants

Tennessee Valley Authority could be required to install more costly pollution controls on its coal plants next year under a consent agreement signed Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and North Carolina officials pushing to limit smog in the Great Smoky Mountains. >> Read the Full Article

Programs Aim to Help Farmers Conserve Water

Area farmers were encouraged to conserve water and were apprised of government programs and insurance policies supporting water conservation at the annual potato and grain conference here this week. >> Read the Full Article

California Lawmaker to Propose Study on Converting Nuclear Plant to Natural Gas

A proposal to study Diablo Canyon's earthquake safety and the potential for converting the nuclear plant to natural gas has positioned Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee as an ambitious and somewhat contrarian freshman Republican. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Sets Exposure Limit for Rocket Fuel Pollutant

The government on Friday issued its first safety standard for perchlorate, a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel and explosives and blamed for widespread contamination of drinking water near military sites. >> Read the Full Article

Organic Produce Businesses Start to Grow

Most of Ronny Bell's friends have always been farmers, but tilling the earth was not for this New York transplant. Instead, Bell started an organic produce delivery business that blended healthy eating with convenience. >> Read the Full Article

Dischargers Seek Delay in River Cleanup Plan

Spokane River dischargers want regulators to delay for at least six months a stringent cleanup plan to reduce the river's phosphorous pollution. >> Read the Full Article

Mexico Suspends Permit for Controversial U.S. Research Ship

Mexico announced Friday it has suspended permits for a U.S. research vessel conducting sound-wave experiments in the Gulf after the ship ran aground on a coral reef and damaged it. >> Read the Full Article

Global Warming Could Worsen US Pollution, Report Says

Global warming could stifle cleansing summer winds across parts of the northern United States over the next 50 years and worsen air pollution, U.S. researchers said Saturday. >> Read the Full Article

California in Deal to Preserve Hearst Coastal Area

California has completed a $95 million deal that has the state receiving 13 miles of pristine coastline and an agreement from the Hearst Corporation barring development of 81,000 acres of adjacent ranch land, officials said Friday. >> Read the Full Article