Argentina forestNov. 28, 1950: The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and the E.I. DuPont Co. announces that the town of Ellenton, S.C. and several small communities will be bought out and evacuated to build the Savannah River Plant, a central site for the production of U.S. nuclear weapons. Ellenton’s residents are forcibly bought out, and the town disappears from local maps.

Nov. 28, 1973: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues its final rules for the phaseout of leaded gasoline.  Research has shown that airborne lead has had a serious impact on children’s brain development and I.Q. levels.

Nov. 28, 2007: Argentina enacts a law protecting its native forests and tightening logging regulations.

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This feature is compiled by Peter Dykstra, an MNN contributor and publisher of Environmental Health News and The Daily Climate.