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ENN Weekly: February 27th - March 3rd

ENN rounds up the most important and compelling environmental news stories of the week. In the news February 27th - March 3rd: Proposed leniency for ethanol plants, logging looms large in Papua New Guinea, Alaska's Iditarod takes a new route, and much more. >> Read the Full Article

Argentina Asks Uruguay to Halt Pulp Project 90 Days

Argentine President Nestor Kirchner called Wednesday for a 90-day halt to the construction of two pulp mills in Uruguay that have sparked environmental concern. >> Read the Full Article

Rhode Island Congressman Opposes Bid to Close Door on Wind Farms

U.S. Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee (R-R.I.)has asked members of a congressional committee to reject a last-minute amendment that could kill a planned wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod. >> Read the Full Article

Bush Plan to Sell Public Lands Assailed

Forest Service officials and Western lawmakers battled Tuesday over an administration proposal that would sell national forest lands to help pay for a rural schools program, as the vital 30-day public comment period began. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Plans Cuts in Benzene, Other Air Toxics for Cars, Fuel, Containers

The government wants better built fuel cans, cleaner-starting engines in cold temperatures and a nearly 40 percent cut in benzene in gasoline to cut air toxics associated with gasoline. >> Read the Full Article

Refilling Old Mines May Be Acceptable to Dispose of Coal Ash

Using old mines may be an acceptable way to dispose of the ash from burning coal, but the process needs better monitoring, according to an analysis released Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

New U.S. Crop Seeks to Replace Imported Oils

A small North Carolina-based specialty crops company is trying to turn a humble wildflower into a major new oilseed crop that could produce an alternative to coconut and palm oils. >> Read the Full Article

Cape Verde: Tourism or Turtles?

Every year, from late May to September, more than 3,000 loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) come ashore on Cape Verde’s beaches, particularly at Ervatao beach, the third most important loggerhead nesting site in the world. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Proposes Allowing Ethanol Plants to Emit More Pollution

In an attempt to increase domestic production of alternative fuel sources, the Bush administration has proposed allowing ethanol plants to send more hazardous air pollutants into the air. >> Read the Full Article

Computers Utilized for Quickly Checking Fish Mercury Levels

Pacific Seafood, a wholesale distributor in California, has become the first seafood processor in the nation to offer its customers the option of testing the level of mercury in the fish they purchase. >> Read the Full Article