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January 15, 2004 | Elizabeth Shogren, Times Staff Writer
The Defense Department, having won exemptions from three major environmental laws in the last two years, now is seeking to be excused from three more. Requirements of the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act already do not apply to the Pentagon. Now it wants exemptions from the Clean Air Act and two toxic waste laws, which Congress has refused to grant in each of the past two years.
January 1, 2004 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
It never would have happened without the $100,000 fine, the five months in a federal halfway house and the seven months with an electronic bracelet shackled to his ankle, but Mike Zalenski, convicted environmental criminal, has become Mike Zalenski, environmentalist. "I wish I could tell you that it didn't take getting caught," Zalenski said, "but that would be a lie, and I'm not a liar."
December 25, 2003 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
If there's a new computer under your tree this morning, you might be looking at your trusty old model with a sense of nostalgia. Environmentalists, however, see it as a toxic time bomb. "Lead, cadmium, mercury, bromated flame retardants -- they are all used in making computers," said Ted Smith, founder of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, a group that has been fighting for 21 years against the harm that electronics products and manufacturing can cause to the environment.
November 9, 2003 | Jill Lawless, Associated Press Writer
Plans to bring aging U.S. Navy vessels here to be dismantled are triggering strong opposition in this old shipping town, with many fearing that the environmental risks outweigh any economic boost. In its Victorian heyday, Hartlepool proudly built the ships of a global empire. That empire is long gone, as are the shipyard jobs. But residents say they don't want to be a "dumping ground for the world" -- and are skeptical that the new shipyard jobs will go to locals anyway.
September 26, 2003 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Gray Davis signed the nation's most comprehensive law Thursday to speed recycling of discarded computer monitors and televisions, an estimated 6 million of which are stacked in California offices and homes waiting to be tossed.
September 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Military officials are stepping up efforts to locate radioactive materials believed to be buried at the former Castle Air Force Base, now home to a federal prison holding about 1,400 inmates. The Air Force plans to interview more former airmen and conduct searches with metal detectors and ground-penetrating radar in late October or early November, said Jody Wireman, a toxicologist in the environmental radiation branch of the Air Force Institute for Operational Health in Texas.
July 28, 2003 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Walking through an abandoned U.S.-owned factory, Lourdes Lujan cringes at the sight of mounds of broken battery casings and corroded barrels of lead slag. She covers her nose to block the noxious smell and pulls down her sleeves to shield her skin. Lujan blames the battery-recycling plant -- just a few hundred yards from her home -- for the red welts on her arms, the swelling in her daughter's chest and the high levels of lead in her sons' blood.
March 2, 2003 | Janet Wilson and Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writers
The obstacle-strewn odyssey of San Onofre's decommissioned reactor is just one piece of a looming dilemma: what to do with the remains of America's aging nuclear power plants. That problem will escalate, with more than half of the nation's 103 commercial reactors facing mandatory shutdown in the next three decades, according to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission data compiled by The Times.
February 15, 2003 | William Overend, Times Staff Writer
Federal environmental officials, announcing "an important step" in efforts to clean up the Casmalia toxic waste site in northern Santa Barbara County, said Friday that 50 private companies and federal agencies have agreed to pay almost $32 million toward the overall estimated cleanup cost of $272 million.
February 1, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
So you need to get rid of 150 drums of toxic waste in a hurry. Why not swipe a Los Angeles city trash truck, load it with all that dangerous stuff and leave it in the municipal sanitation yard? Federal authorities arrested a roofing company owner and a city trash truck driver on Friday and accused them of doing exactly that. Van Fuhriman, 59, owner of Facilities Services Corp. in East Los Angeles, and Alfred Vallejo Jr.
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