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2006-03-17 14:15:00

By Tom Doggett WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a big win for environmentalists, a federal appeals court on Friday struck down a Bush administration rule that would have made it easier for coal-burning power plants to make equipment changes without installing controls to fight the pollution that would result. The court shot down an Environmental Protection Agency rule that said power plant owners would only have to install modern pollution fighting controls if equipment changes cost more than 20...

2005-12-14 16:39:09

By Chris Baltimore WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration must decide by next week whether to change standards limiting tiny particles emitted by power plants and cars, and environmental groups fear the rules won't go far enough to protect public health. Under a legal settlement reached with environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency must reconsider existing standards by Tuesday, December 20, to curb the amount of so-called fine particles. The emissions are...

2005-10-13 18:33:08

By Chris Baltimore WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush administration on Thursday proposed changing environmental rules to give U.S. coal-fired power plants more leeway to expand aging facilities without installing expensive equipment to cut air pollution. Utility industry officials applauded the plan, but it drew fire from environmental groups and some states, who said it would make the air dirtier and give energy companies a benefit they failed to get in congressional legislation last...

2005-09-27 00:42:59

By Chris Baltimore WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Monday urged Congress to clear away regulatory obstacles that prevent building new U.S. oil refineries, a move certain to trigger a new fight with environmental groups and Democrats. Hurricane Rita's 120 mile per hour winds last weekend knocked out two Texas refineries for up to a month. That came on top of 5 percent of U.S. Gulf Coast refining capacity that remains offline from Hurricane Katrina in August. "The...

2005-09-27 00:40:00

WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush on Monday urged Congress to clear away regulatory obstacles that prevent building new U.S. oil refineries, a move certain to trigger a new fight with environmental groups and Democrats. Hurricane Rita's 120 mile per hour winds last weekend knocked out two Texas refineries for up to a month. That came on top of 5 percent of U.S. Gulf Coast refining capacity that remains offline from Hurricane Katrina in August. "The storms have shown how fragile the...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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