The October 2006 issue of Environment & Climate News reports states have until November 17 to decide whether they will adopt new mercury standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency or set their own limits. Ohio and North Dakota decided in late July to follow the EPA standards.
Also on page 1:
- The California legislature approved the Global Warming Solutions Act, which mandates a 25 percent cut in the state's greenhouse gas emissions.
- The California legislature also is considering a bill that would prevent individual counties from banning the growing of genetically enhanced crops.
- The U.S. Senate passed a bill opening 8.3 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and natural gas recovery; a conference committee will now try to reconcile the measure with one passed by the House in June.
Also in this issue: nuclear power, wind, renewable energy, recycling, aquatic herbicides, logging, climate change, lead-based paint, and more.
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