Daily Digest

Government warning: Styrene may cause cancer. Plus, plastic bag industry goes to court, Saltworks developer lobby raises concerns, and Delta water war heats up.

New York Times 6/10/2011
Government Says 2 Common Materials Pose Risk of Cancer
The government issued warnings on Friday about two materials used daily by millions of Americans, saying that one causes cancer and the other might.
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New York Times 6/11/2011
In a War of Words, Makers of Plastic Bags Go to Court
The plastic bag industry, increasingly on the defensive as municipal bag bans proliferate, has gone on the attack against ChicoBag, a competitor that bills itself as an eco-friendly alternative. A federal lawsuit in South Carolina accuses ChicoBag of illegal trash-talking about plastic bag waste.
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San Jose Mercury News 6/13/2011
Lobbyist paid to push for coastal rules that ease way for Redwood City Saltworks project
The developer that wants to build a mixed-use community in Redwood City’s salt flats paid lobbyists about $230,000 to promote its interests, including efforts to influence the shaping of a plan that could restrict development along San Francisco Bay.
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Contra Costa Times 6/11/2011
Water war heats up; farmers sue over move to save salmon
Delta water users have sued to block a temporary decrease in pumping meant to save thousands of salmon, a move that seems destined to raise the stakes in an escalating water war.
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