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EarthTalk: Is Rinse-Aid Safe for the Environment, and Do I Need to Use it in My Dishwasher?

If your region's water source is rich in magnesium and calcium salts ("hard" water), adding rinse-aid to your dishwasher along with the detergent may help prevent streaks and spotting on your glassware and dishes. >> Read the Full Article

Ojibwe Tribe, Utility Study Renewable Energy in Minnesota

The Fond du Lac Ojibwe Band in Cloquet, Minn., is exploring the potential of using the winds, flowing waters and wood as sources of renewable energy. >> Read the Full Article

W.R. Grace Expects Indictment over Montana Asbestos Contamination

W.R. Grace & Co., the Columbia, Md.-based chemical maker pushed into bankruptcy by asbestos lawsuits, said yesterday that it expects to be indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with asbestos contamination in Libby, Mont., where it once mined vermiculite that contained the hazardous fibers. >> Read the Full Article

Environmental Advocacy Group Urging Yellowstone Officials to Focus on Reducing Roadkill

Jeff Ruch, executive director of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, said park officials are widening too many roads, which leads to higher speeds and more wildlife killed. He said other parks have systems that alert drivers to wildlife on roadways. >> Read the Full Article

Ontario Fuel to Contain Five Percent Ethanol by 2007

Gasoline in Canada's most populous province will contain an average of 5 percent of pollution-reducing ethanol by 2007, the Ontario government said Friday. >> Read the Full Article

Gash Found on Vessel's Cargo Tank after Delaware River Oil Spill

Divers found a six-foot gash on the tanker that leaked 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River, creating a 20-mile-long slick that killed dozens of birds and threatened other wildlife, officials said Sunday. >> Read the Full Article

Eighty Whales, Dolphins Die on Australian Island

At least 80 whales and dolphins have died after beaching themselves on a remote island between the Australian mainland and the country's island state of Tasmania. >> Read the Full Article

Dispute over Montana Riverbed Roiling along Northern Cheyenne Reservation

For the Northern Cheyenne, it's about defending a special resource and the border of their reservation. For an energy development firm, it's about business. And for Montana's governor, it's about protecting the state's financial interests and assets, which she insists include the bed of the Tongue River. >> Read the Full Article

US Mining Giant Faces off against Police, Activists over Pollution Claims

Mention Newmont Mining Corp. in this impoverished seaside community and villagers angrily recount how pollution from its gold mine has killed the fish and sickened residents with headaches, nausea and tremors. >> Read the Full Article

Hillary Opposed to Highway to South Pole

New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mount Everest and the first to drive a vehicle to the South Pole, described a U.S. highway to the pole as "terrible." >> Read the Full Article