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The Green Life: Daily Roundup: May 13, 2010

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May 13, 2010

Daily Roundup: May 13, 2010

Nice Tries: BP engineers plan to try two new measures to stop the oil flowing into in the Gulf of Mexico: a four-foot-wide, five-foot-tall concrete-and-steel dome placed over the leak, and a pipe with a rubber flap connected to a ship inserted into the leak. Since the April 20 oil-rig explosion, some 4 million gallons of oil have leaked into the Gulf. Miami Herald

Smoke Out: The EPA issued its final "tailoring" rule on greenhouse-gas emissions to protect small polluters from strict Clean Air Act permit requirements while still regulating larger emitters such as refineries, power plants, and factories. Greenwire

Waste Away: New Mexico salt beds are likely to become the U.S. nuclear dump site. The federal government has used the site for 11 years. Department of Energy officials are now looking into the location as a deposit site for used nuclear reactor fuel. NPR

Whale of a Problem: A gray whale that swam to sea after rescue workers cut it from a fishing net returned to Dana Point, California. Rescuers hoped it would migrate to the Arctic, but now believe the animal may be too weak. Marine biologists are discussing what to do with the animal, one of the options being euthanasia. Los Angeles Times

Dances with Donations: Actor Kevin Costner will donate $26 million to help with the oil disaster cleanup. Costner and his brother Dan, a scientist, will visit the Gulf region to demonstrate an oil-and-water separation device. Ecorazzi

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