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"Selenium From Power Plants Poses Ecological Risks, Spurs EPA Review"

"Selenium is an essential nutrient, but excess amounts can be dangerous to wildlife and people. Now the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing a new regulation that would require more than 600 coal-fired power plants to clean up -- perhaps even eliminate -- wastewater discharged into lakes, rivers and other waterways."
Source: EHN, 12/07/2009

Critical Climate Talks Begin in Copenhagen

"The largest and most important U.N. climate change conference in history opened Monday, with organizers warning diplomats from 192 nations that this could be the best, last chance for a deal to protect the world from calamitous global warming."

Source: AP, 12/07/2009

Maryland Governor Proposes Expanded Oyster Sanctuary

"Maryland plans to dramatically increase the area of the Chesapeake Bay that is closed to oyster harvests, Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday, offering an expanded foothold to an iconic species that has dropped to 1 percent of its peak population."

Source: Wash Post, 12/04/2009