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SEATTLE PROTESTERS HEARD IN WTO MEETING HALL
PEOPLE ARE CAUSE - AND SOLUTION - OF OCEAN POLLUTION
  U.S. AT RISK FOR BHOPAL-SCALE CHEMICAL ACCIDENT
NINE OF TEN CITY SMOG CLEANUP PLANS FLUNK EPA TEST

AMERISCAN: DECEMBER 2, 1999

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*  Environmental Groups Charge Chemical Industry with Human Rights
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SEATTLE PROTESTERS HEARD IN WTO MEETING HALL

SEATTLE, Washington, December 2, 1999 (ENS) - After 546 arrests Tuesday and
Wednesday and several more early this morning, Seattle and Washington State
Police using tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray have cleared the
downtown area of anti-World Trade Organization demonstrators.
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PEOPLE ARE CAUSE - AND SOLUTION - OF OCEAN POLLUTION

By Cat Lazaroff

NEW YORK, New York, December 2, 1999 (ENS) - Americans are very aware of the
importance of the worlds oceans, according to a new poll released this
week, but only a small percentage of Americans realize that actions by
individuals represent the biggest threat to ocean health. Conservation
groups note that there are countless ways that people can reduce their
impact on marine species and the state of the oceans.
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U.S. AT RISK FOR BHOPAL-SCALE CHEMICAL ACCIDENT

WASHINGTON, DC, December 2, 1999 (ENS) - Bhopal, India - the very name calls
up images of thousands of victims dying from clouds of poisonous gas that
rolled over them December 2, 1984 while they slept. Today, a new report
released by U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the Working Group on
Community Right-to-Know says a similar incident could happen in the United
States.
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NINE OF TEN CITY SMOG CLEANUP PLANS FLUNK EPA TEST

WASHINGTON, DC, December 2, 1999 (ENS) - Smog reduction plans in nine of the
most populated U.S. areas are still inadequate, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency announced Wednesday. Of the ten urban areas the agency
reviewed, all of which have been in violation of federal air quality laws,
only one has so far devised a pollution reduction plan that meets the agency
s criteria.
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ENVIRONMENT NEWS SERVICE AMERISCAN: DECEMBER 2, 1999

One Genetically Modified Fish = No Fish
WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana, December 2, 1999 (ENS) - A single genetically modified fish 
could wipe out local populations of the original species if released into the wild, 
biologists warn in the December 4 issue of "New Scientist." Other organisms could face 
the same risk from transgenic relatives. William Muir and Richard Howard of Purdue 
University in West Lafayette, Indiana, made the discovery while modeling ecological 
risks associated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). They have dubbed their 
idea the "Trojan gene" hypothesis. "This resembles the Trojan horse," says Muir. "It 
gets into the population looking like something good and it ends up destroying the 
population."
The researchers studied fish carrying the human growth hormone gene hGH, which 
increases growth rate and final size. Biologists in the US and Britain are 
experimenting with salmon engineered in a similar way. Muir and Howard included hGH in 
embryos of a fish called the Japanese medaka, a common aquarium fish. They found that 
modified individuals matured faster than normal fish and produced more eggs, rapidly 
spreading the new gene throughout the population. But only two thirds of modified 
medaka survived to reproductive age, which led the population to dwindle. The 
researchers plugged their results into a computer model to find out what would happen 
if 60 transgenic individuals joined a wild population of 60,000 fish. The population 
became extinct within just 40 generations. Even a single transgenic animal could have 
the same effect, they found, although extinction would take longer.

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Nuclear Agency Reviews Entombment Option

Colorado Governor Promotes Smart Growth

White House Cuts Energy Costs

Florida Researchers Study Farm Raised Sturgeon

$100,000 Fine for Pennsylvania Sewage Spills

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TO MEDICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATIONAL EDITORS:

Strategic Counsel on Corporate Accountability:  'No More Bhopals!'

Environmental Groups Charge Chemical Industry with Human Rights Violations

       BOSTON, Dec. 2 -/E-Wire/-- The Environmental Health Fund, Earth Rights
International and several other health, environment and human rights
organizations in 15 countries released a report today charging the chemical
industry with numerous human rights atrocities in connection with 20th
Century environmental disasters.
      /CONTACT:  Sanford Lewis, Strategic Counsel on Corporate
Accountability, 617-489-3686, or Gary Cohen of Environmental Health Fund,
617-524-6018/
      /Web site:  http://home.earthlink.net/~gnproject/chemcentury.htm /
      /Web site:  http://www.essential.org/cchw /
      /Web site:  http://www.noharm.org /
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TO BUSINESS, ENVIRONMENTAL AND TECHNOLOGY EDITORS:

'Free' Biennial Waste Reporting Software Now Available From Environmental
Support Solutions

       MESA, Ariz., Dec. 2 -/E-Wire/-- Mesa, Arizona-based Environmental
Support Solutions, Inc. (ESS), announced the preview version of a new "free"
software product, Waste Reporter, is now downloadable from www.environ.com.
Waste Reporter assists individuals in fulfilling their regulatory
requirements, which are due by March 1, 2000 to the EPA, by automating
Biennial report creation.
      /CONTACT:  Robin Suzelis of Environmental Support Solutions, Inc.,
480-964-5043 ext. 24/
      /Web site:  http://www.environ.com/
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