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    The West braces for the big melt

    The West has had one of its wettest winters ever, and as the snow keeps falling in the high country, fear of flooding arises.

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    Montana train accident derailed a small town

    One year after a train derailment spewed chlorine gas and other dangerous chemicals, residents of Alberton, Mont., say their town is unsafe and their health still impaired.

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    Burning for a buck

    People burning old industrial-gauge wire in the Utah desert to get at the raw copper left to sell are breaking the law and creating a serious health hazard, BLM officials warn.

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    Cars kill trees

    California scientists say air pollution from the San Joaquin Valley is killing thousands of trees in the Sierra Nevadas.

  • News

    Burning for a buck

    People burning old industrial-gauge wire in the Utah desert to get at the raw copper left to sell are breaking the law and creating a serious health hazard, BLM officials warn.

  • News

    Cars kill trees

    California scientists say air pollution from the San Joaquin Valley is killing thousands of trees in the Sierra Nevadas.

  • Book Reviews

    No nagging or preaching here

    A review of "Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things" by John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning, which traces origins and costs to the environment of things we take for granted.

  • Essays

    When it's 25 below and dropping

    Life at 25 below in towns like Livingston, Mont., is made bearable by things like poker, polar fleece and Portabello mushrooms.

  • News

    Utah takes waste that Arizona rejected

    An unusual collaboration between two working-class, largely minority communities means that waste originally meant to be shipped from Richmond, Calif., to a landfill in Mobile, Ariz., will be sent to a less controversial site in Utah.

  • News

    The West awakes to "weird' weather

    Strange winter weather brings extremes to the West, from 70-degree days in Colorado to floods in Nevada and snows and ice in the Northwest.

  • News

    County trashes waste plan

    Residents of Elmore County, Idaho, are upset by plans to put the state's largest landfill in their backyard.

  • News

    Clean air for a price

    Washington's Centralia Coal Plant want $80 million in tax breaks to stop polluting the air over Mount Rainier.

  • Book Reviews

    Recycling gets rapped

    The Environmental Defense Fund pamphlet, "Anti-Recycling Myths," responds to a New York Times article denouncing recycling.

  • Related Stories

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    How to obtain information on the Toxics Release Inventory.

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    The Toxic West

    Charts for each state in the West depict top five chemicals released in air, water and land, and top 10 facilities.

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