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  • Oil and gas drilling clouds the West's air

    Air pollution from oil and gas drilling is on the increase in the Rocky Mountain West, and environmentalists and energy companies are trying to prevent it from getting any worse

  • A poisoned Montana town gets its shot at justice

    A poisoned Montana town gets its shot at justice

    The W.R. Grace executives whose company poisoned Libby, Mont., with asbestos from a vermiculite mine finally meet their victims face-to-face in a Montana courtroom.

  • The environmental lawsuit sue-and-settle spin cycle

    The environmental lawsuit sue-and-settle spin cycle

    Are settlements between environmentalists and the federal agencies they sue sweetheart deals?

  • Clean air regulations protect park views by targeting coal plants

    Clean air regulations protect park views by targeting coal plants

    The Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to reduce haze from air pollution near national parks and wilderness; some coal-fired power plants are cleaning up their act and others will shut down.

  • States tighten rules, challenge feds to follow

    The state of California pioneered pollution-control efforts decades ago in response to L.A. smog, and today, the Western states are hoping to set the course for national action on climate change

  • Mountains of mercury

    Mountains of mercury

    The EPA has failed to regulate the mercury discharged from cement plants like the one in Durkee, Ore.

  • Brace yourselves for the counterrevolution

    Don’t worry so much about what President Bush will do to the environment; worry instead about the three new justices he might put on the Supreme Court

  • Bush's second-term shake-ups

    Some of the less-publicized political appointments of George W. Bush’s second term will have huge effects on the West. Meet the people who will direct the EPA and the departments of Energy, Agriculture and the Interior.

  • California's farmers ditch dirty diesel pumps

    California’s two largest utility companies are encouraging farmers to switch from polluting diesel irrigation pumps to electric ones

  • Only 40 years ago, the Earth got its day

    Only 40 years ago, the Earth got its day

    Earth Day, which was first celebrated 40 years ago, was largely created by Gaylord Nelson, a Democratic senator from Wisconsin who fought hard for environmental laws.

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