1. AIR POLLUTION:
Texas scientist wages rare campaign for EPA advisory post
The top toxicologist for Texas' environmental agency has waged an unprecedented campaign for a spot on a U.S. EPA panel with a critical role in reviewing Clean Air Act standards. While industry support for Michael Honeycutt is making environmentalists queasy, a Boston-based researcher who's leaving the coveted Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee seat shrugs at Honeycutt's push. "It's unusual," scientist George Allen says, "but these are unusual times."