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"Appeals Panel: No Landfill Near National Park"

"A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld a 2005 court decision that effectively halted the development of what would have been one of the nation's largest landfills near Joshua Tree National Park."

Source: AP, 11/12/2009

"U.S. Plans Raw Warm-Water Oyster Ban"

"A federal effort to ban the sale of raw oysters harvested during the warm months along the Gulf Coast has kicked up a hurricane of opposition from oystermen and members of Congress and threatened to derail a signature food-safety initiative by the Obama administration."

Source: NYTimes, 11/12/2009

"Brown Pelican No Longer Endangered: U.S."

"The brown pelican, listed as an endangered species even before the 1973 U.S. Endangered Species Act existed, is officially back from the brink of extinction, the Interior Department said on Wednesday."

Source: Reuters, 11/12/2009

"'There's No Such Thing as the EPA Here'"

"On some days, Russell Keith could simply look up at the sky to gauge how busy his day would be as a paramedic at the largest U.S. base in Iraq. Dark green smoke meant the contractor could count on a 30 to 40 percent spike in his patient load, he told the Senate Democratic Policy Committee last week during a hearing on contractor oversight."

Source: AP, 11/12/2009