Science Times reports that the EPA is now beginning to tackle some of the toughest toxic waste sites on its to-do list, sites that are such a mess that the agency is not sure how to proceed.
What interested me about the story, a solid piece of reporting by Anthony DePalma that does a good job of recapping the history of Superfund clean-up legislation, is that it's a local story--very unusual for the Times, and especially for Science Times. The story leads with efforts to clean up the Passaic River, in New Jersey not far from New York City, and talks about efforts to clean up the Hudson River, the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, and Newtown Creek on the Queens-Brooklyn border. (That last one is so local I've never heard of it, and it's probably five miles from here.)
While you're skipping through Science Times, you might also take a look at this nice piece by my friend Abby Ellin, about binge eating in men. Seventy chicken wings in an hour? Are you kidding?