Environment

  • Alleged illegal use of compound 1080 to kill ground squirrels on Secretary of the Interior William Clark's ranch is concerning environmentalists.

  • Potential toxic disasters exists throughout the city, yet monitoring of toxic waste sites is relatively ineffective.

  • One major cause of water pollution is 'non-point' pollution, runoff from farms and streets, erosion, and toxic waste leakage. But this is not as obvious as other causes, and federal and state governments have paid little attention to its control.

  • A proposed housing development in eastern Contra Costa County is so close to a chemical factory that even the manager of the plant urged the Planning Commission not to rezone the land and permit the houses to be built there.

  • The Energy Department's attempt to create a new classification code for information about the nuclear industry may keep vital information about health and safety hidden from the public eye.

  • After years of supporting the nuclear arms industry, opposition to the restart of the Savannah River Nuclear Plant is growing in South Carolina.

  • Over the past several years, the US nuclear weapons program has suffered one embarrassing disclosure after another including plant contamination of soil and water, exposure of civilians and military personnel to dangerous levels of radiation and government suppression of evidence. But now, the US DOE may soon keep a lot of this type of potentially embarrassing information secret.

  • The 1972 Clean Water Act ordered cleanup of the nation's water by 1983, but the Act has failed, largely because it has no provision to protect water from certain types of pollution.

  • Sponsored by the US Farmers Association and the Canadian Farm Survival Association, 125 independent farmers from nine of the world's breadbasket countries met in Ottawa to exchange information and to develop strategies for an agricultural emergency that is spilling across national borders.

  • Opinion article on the need for stronger regulations of the amounts and kinds of pesticides that find their way into our food and water.

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