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  • Waste goes west

    A Massachusetts sewage treatment plant pays a Utah landfill to reserve space for its sludge.

  • A spick-and-span plan

    The state of Oregon has ordered Portland to reduce sewage overflow into the Willamette River by 94 percent by 2011, but City Commissioner Dan Saltzman says the pollution problem is more complex than that.

  • Excremental gains?

    Kern County, Calif., is trying to prevent Los Angeles sludge from entering the county, where it is used to fertilize farmland, and the resulting stink is raising all kinds of questions about how we handle human waste

  • Like Butte, Montana, an old dog hangs on

    A mysterious, mostly wild dog, fed by local miners, has somehow survived for 16 years in the desolate moonscape of a Superfund site -- the Berkeley Pit in Butte, Mont.

  • When regulations are lax, s--- happens

    Malfunctioning septic systems in eastern Idaho are contaminating ground water.

  • Affluent effluent stinks, too

    Big Sky, Montana's plan to discharge treated sewage into the Gallatin River has environmentalists, locals and even some of the ritzy ski resort's homeowners in an uproar.

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