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    Arizona adds sunshine

    Electricity providers in Arizona will have to increase the amount of renewable energy resources that they use.

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    Seattle passes on greenhouse gases

    Seattle wants to meet future electricity needs without increasing greenhouse gases through coal and other fossil fuels.

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    Hanford executive quits in protest

    Mike Lawrence, manager of the cleanup effort on Hanford Nuclear Reservation, resigns, saying the project is financially out of control.

  • Book Reviews

    Look at that big plant!

    Some fertilizer sold in Washington since 1998 contained uranium and other nuclear wastes.

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    Former uranium town wants its waste back

    Residents of Nucla and Naturita in Western Colorado want to take uranium waste from near Denver and bury it in the former uranium company town of Uravan, but other Western Slope communities are fiercely opposed to the idea.

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    Incinerator plans go up in smoke

    Following protests by downwinder Jackson, Wyo., residents, the Department of Energy agrees to scrap nuclear-waste incineration plans at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory.

  • Book Reviews

    Canaries in the Utah desert

    In "Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West," Chip Ward describes how his home of Grantsville, Utah, came to be one of the county's worst toxic dumping grounds.

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    Nuns get a windfall

    In Richardton, N.D., the nuns of Sacred Heart Monastery have installed two 100-ft. windmills.

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    Figuring out FERC

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the little-known agency that handles hydroelectric project licensing.

  • Book Reviews

    Life near Rocky Flats

    Although the "Historical Public Exposures Studies" says public health risks from bomb-building at Rocky Flats near Denver, CO were low, Len Ackland's book, "Making a Real Killing: Rocky Flats and the Nuclear West," says risk can also mean catastrophe.

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    Court enforces a healthy environment

    The Montana Supreme Court says that the provision in the state's constitution that guarantees residents "a clean and healthful environment" protects the state's natural resources from actual, proven damage and potential harm.

  • Opinion

    Keeping 'em down on the High Plains

    The incestuous relationship between the oil and gas industry and the Wyoming government is finally being challenged through a state Supreme Court decision that ruled against Exxon.

  • News

    A fresh breeze hits Western utilities

    Wind power is getting a second wind, especially on the "wind farms" of Wyoming.

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    Downwinders speak up and pay up

    Flamboyant Wyoming attorney Gerry Spence is at the head of a legal challenge to the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory's plan to build a nuclear-waste incinerator, which Wyoming residents fear could send emissions into their state.

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    The Cowboy State's next boom

    A boom in coalbed methane gas development in Wyoming's Powder River Basin could have the strange side effect of bringing more water to the surface than the ecosystem can cope with.

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