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    Is this wilderness perverted?

    Utah Rep. Jim Hansen proposes half a million acres of wilderness in western Utah, but in the same amendment would dump hazardous waste in the nearby Skull Valley Goshute Reservation.

  • Essays

    In the West, drought is a native

    The West is naturally dry, according to the writer, and people should accept that fact, especially when there is a drought.

  • Book Reviews

    Fateful harvest a scary read

    Duff Wilson's book, "Fateful Harvest: The True Story of a Small Town, a Global Industry, and a Toxic Secret," investigates a local agricultural chemicals provider who attempted to pass toxic waste off as recycled fertilizer.

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    Wilted West staggers into summer

    The fourth year of a crippling drought throughout the West is potential for trouble, not only for farmers, but wildlife and the human population, as well.

  • Book Reviews

    Saving tired tires

    A family-owned business, Cordova and Sons, in Cuba City, N.M., collects and recycles used tires for landscaping and building projects.

  • Related Stories

    What is poisoning border babies?

    Terrible birth defects among newborns in the Lower Rio Grande Valley may be caused by agricultural and industrial pollution, but no one knows for sure.

  • Book Reviews

    Trash talk

    A new edition of "Rubbish! The Archaeology of Garbage" by William Rathje and Cullen Murphy, reports the fascinating findings of the University of Arizona's "Garbage Project."

  • News

    Will salt sink an agricultural empire?

    Mike Delamore of the Bureau of Reclamation is trying to solve what seems an impossible problem: draining the salt building up on California's farmland while protecting water quality in the San Francisco Bay Delta.

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    Pollution pickle sours landowner

    Cleaning up asbestos-laden soil around a warehouse owned by the Minot, N.D., Park District may cost the district a lot, with the previous owner long gone and the source of the asbestos, W.R. Grace, now bankrupt.

  • Book Reviews

    All's fair in smog and waste?

    A new Web site created by the Oakland, Calif., nonprofit Environmental Defense gathers information about environmental and health dangers in any community in the U.S.

  • News

    The smog is lifting

    After decades of cleanup efforts, Denver, Colo., is about to receive clean-air status from the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • News

    New dump may trash Tacoma's water

    Local critics worry that a new landfill may pollute drinking water used by Eatonville and Tacoma, Wash.

  • News

    Texaco spill leaves residents fuming

    Some citizens of Sunburst, Mont., feel that Texaco has not done enough to clean up an underground gasoline pool left from a toxic spill 46 years ago.

  • News

    Drought drains the West

    A look at the weather throughout the West shows lower-than-usual snowpacks and a lot of drought, making life hard for farmers and fish, and leading to fears of another fierce wildfire season.

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    Company leaves victims in its dust

    In Libby, Mont., residents who are sick or dying of exposure to asbestos from W.R. Grace's vermiculite mine are outraged by the company's decision to file for bankruptcy in the face of their lawsuits.

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