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    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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    Wyoming regulators gamble on Amoco cleanup

    Casper, Wyo.'s Amoco oil refinery is one of the state's most notorious hazardous waste sites, and some fear that EPA's decision to turn over responsibility to the Wyoming Dept. of Environmental Quality means that cleanup will not be complete.

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    Plant pays hefty fine for polluting the air

    FMC Corp.'s phosphorous plant near Pocatello, Idaho, is fined $11.8 million for environmental violations that include a fire that sent poisonous gas wafting onto Shoshone-Bannock tribal land.

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    Erosion danger fans flames

    A clean-air activist who helped end bluegrass-field burning near Spokane, Wash., is now tackling the practice of wheat-stubble burning on eastern Washington's farmlands.

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    Dreams of new industry go up in smoke

    Dakota Catalyst Products shuts its Williston, N.D., metals recycling plant, leaving behind an environmental mess that is just now becoming public.

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    All's not Swell

    Environmentalists say Utah Rep. Chris Cannon's bill designating San Rafael Swell wilderness is really an "anti-wilderness bill'' that needs to be opposed.

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    El Nino sweeps across the West

    El Nino's impacts on the West have varied widely and unpredictably.

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    A giant plume into the air

    The controversial Mohave power plant in Laughlin, Nev., is a huge operation that provides pollution as well as power to the Southwest.

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    A Nevada power plant earns itself a lawsuit

    The Mohave Generating Plant in southern Nevada is blamed for much of the air pollution that shrouds Grand Canyon, but the plant's owners say cleaning it up will force the plant to close and lay off Navajo workers.

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    Superfund strives for accountability

    The Superfund Law was created to make sure companies clean up the messes they make, but the system has glitches.

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    Idaho chokes Spokane

    Activists try to end crop burning by farmers in eastern Washington and northern Idaho, saying the resulting air pollution is harming the health of area residents.

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    Park may get trashy neighbor

    Park officials and environmentalists protest a proposed landfill at Eagle Mountain, Calif., right next to Joshua Tree National Park.

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    Floods hammer Southwest

    Severe thunderstorms have caused flash floods in Arizona, killing people near Douglas and in Antelope Canyon, derailing a train and leading to the evacuation of residents and tourists from a Havasupai Indian village just outside Grand Canyon.

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    The West weathers unusually wet times

    Although the Southwest remains too dry, most of the West rejoices in an unusually wet year - and is grateful to have avoided much flooding.

  • Essays

    Uh, oh - the glaciers are growing

    The unusually high snowpack in Montana this winter may actually be a sign of global warming.

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