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Two Consortiums Bid for Construction of Bulgaria's Second Nuclear Plant

Bulgaria's government was expected Wednesday to announce the bids for construction of a euro2 billion (US$2.4 billion) nuclear plant. >> Read the Full Article

Louisiana Governor Seeks More Royalties, Threatens to Block Offshore Leases

Gov. Kathleen Blanco is demanding that the federal government give Louisiana more of the billions in royalties from oil and natural gas extracted off its coastlines. >> Read the Full Article

Bush Plan to Help Climate, but No Green Conversion

President George W. Bush's call to break a U.S. addiction to oil is a step to curb global warming but does not herald conversion to a U.N.-led plan to slow climate change, experts said on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Normally a Big Chill, Canada Basks in Mild Winter

Warm and winter are two unlikely companion words that Canadians are using to describe record-breaking temperatures this year. >> Read the Full Article

Elephant Sanctuary Rescues Abused Pachyderms

Two elephants explored their new sanctuary free of chains Tuesday, the first of four pairs to arrive as part of the most ambitious relocation effort ever mounted for abused pachyderms, organizers said. >> Read the Full Article

Pigeons Get Backpacks for Air Pollution Monitoring

A flock of pigeons fitted with mobile phone backpacks is to be used to monitor air pollution, New Scientist magazine reported on Wednesday. >> Read the Full Article

Army Corps Keeps Plan for Spring Rise on Missouri River

The Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday it won't change plans to release extra water into the Missouri River this year, despite concerns the spring rise will put downstream farms and the barge industry at risk. >> Read the Full Article

Washington Weather May Be Killing Seabirds

The mass starvation deaths of murres on Tatoosh Island off the Olympic Peninsula may be due in part to unusual weather patterns along the West Coast, scientists say. >> Read the Full Article

EPA Sets Perchlorate Cleanup Level

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a federal cleanup level for perchlorate that is more than four times higher than California's public health goal for the contaminant. >> Read the Full Article

Review Panel: Teflon Chemical a Likely Carcinogen

A chemical used in the manufacture of Teflon and other nonstick and stain-resistant products should be considered a "likely" carcinogen, according to an independent scientific review panel advising the EPA. >> Read the Full Article