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What the papers say

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HERALD TRIBUNE

The Bush administration is proposing to change United States air pollution rules, allowing utilities to upgrade power plants without having to improve pollution control. The energy sector says the move is vital if it is to achieve cost efficiencies.

High-speed rail projects linking major US cities are taking off in the wake of 11 September as travellers avoid short-haul air flights.

Planners are supporting the move as it frees airports and airspace for long haul flights.

Forty years after the Colorado river was dammed engineers are struggling to rectify huge environmental damage downstream, including losses of sand, shrinking beaches, the invasion of alien fish, plants and parasites and the extinction of native species. All efforts to date have only aggravated the damage.

THE INDEPENDENT

Glas Cymru, the not-for-profit company which took over Welsh Water last May, has made £24M bottom line profit, creating £241M of reserves, beating its own financial targets in its first year of operations.

The nuclear industry is facing a multi-million pound increase in its clean up costs after it emerged that some of its radioactive waste is more dangerous than hitherto thought.

The Environment Agency is to impose tougher discharge limits on firms including nuclear fuels company BNFL, nuclear engineering firm Devonport Management (DML) and British Energy, cutting their releases of radioactive tritium.

THE TIMES

Half of the 330 children attending Watchfield Primary School in Oxfordshire cycle to school, compared to a national average of less than 1%. The children travel in 'bike train' convoys, shepherded by parents. Watchfield turned to the bike to combat congestion resulting from the school run.

Cambridgeshire fenlands are to be recreated by flooding an area the size of central London, to preserve wildlife. Complex engineering will allow progressive flooding that will recreate a habitat eradicated soon after arrival of the Romans. The site is owned by building materials group Hanson.

THE BUSINESS

With the ink on the planning approval for Terminal Five barely dry, plans are being drawn up for a sixth terminal at Heathrow. Airline British Airways is reported to be pushing for the scheme in a bid to stay ahead of its European rivals.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Anti-terrorist security checks at more than 20 UK nuclear power facilities have not taken place because of a shortage of inspectors, the government's nuclear security chief has admitted. The Office for Civil Nuclear Security says it is facing acute difficulties recruiting personnel.

EVENING STANDARD

Rail employees are working illegal double shifts of up to 20 hours a day, according to an undercover Evening Standard reporter, who was offered a maintenance job with just six hours training under his belt, and without either an interview or his references being checked.

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