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Commission Proposed To Assess Virginia Uranium Mining

The debate on whether to mine for uranium in Virginia continues, with leaders in the southern part of the state proposing an independent commission  to review the issue.

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Prison Time Sought For Maryland Mercury Polluter

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Maryland's attorney general is going after a man accused of mishandling dangerous amounts of mercury, charging him with 10 felony counts.

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Keystone: Dead Pipeline Lives On As Election-Year Issue

Now that President Obama has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, an obvious question is what will it mean for the 2012 presidential election? The key to Keystone is which side will have the most success in framing its case to enough voters for it to make a difference.
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Snowstorm Pummels Northwest U.S.

A major snowstorm is blowing through the northwest U.S. Wednesday, dumping more than a foot of snow in some places. Seattle only got a few inches. But that's enough to close much of the city down.
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The Man Who Studies The Fungus Among Us

Botanist Nicholas Money's book Mushroom takes readers inside the world of the fungal organisms that appear overnight on lawns, are occasionally poisonous and appear in everything from Alice in Wonderland to some lifesaving medications.
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Blocking Keystone Won't Stop Oil Sands Production

Oil from the Canadian north is already making its way into the U.S. market through existing pipelines and tanker shipments. Energy experts say even if President Obama blocks the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, it may already be too late to stop Americans from relying on this dirty source of fuel.
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Cleaner Air In L.A. Ports Comes At A Cost To Truckers

The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have some of the dirtiest air, thanks to thousands of old diesel cargo trucks that pass through each day. But new emissions standards just went into effect banning those old trucks. Neighboring communities are breathing a sigh of relief, but the restrictions are taking a toll on low-wage truck drivers.
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New Recycling Company Springs From Old Mattresses

Old mattresses are among the worst kinds of household waste — recyclers don't want them, and neither do most landfills. A new business that started as a college project hopes to move mattress recycling into the mainstream, employing former convicts in the process.

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