Mosaic New Wales sinkhole location from Google Earth

Environmental Activist addresses Mosaic sinkhole, expansion of phosphate mining in Manatee County

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160928_110617_radioactivityW1_189.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Wednesday we talked about the effects phosphate mining in West central Florida. Billions of tons of phosphogypsum- located in Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee, and Desoto counties-is strip mined and eventually used to make commercial. Last month, a giant sinkhole, opened up under a gypsum stact at a Polk County processing plant… Read more »

Pam Bondi

Florida This Week; Florida AG Pam Bondi Would Not Fight Trump U But She Is Fighting The Clean Power Plan

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160926_110617_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday, we  first listened back to the latest episode of Florida This Week, a political discussion show on local PBS station WEDU that is also hosted by Rob Lorei. In this episode, our panel of political experts and insiders discuss the hottest stories in Florida news and politics: Calls for… Read more »

sewage dump sign St. Petersburg Gulfport Florida

Sewage spill update from St. Pete mayor

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman updated City Council Thursday about the massive dump of stormwater and partially treated and untreated sewage during Tropical Storm Hermine; Kriseman updated media Friday morning before an unrelated press conference. Listen:           “The update is, as a result of last night’s meeting, we are, as quickly as we can, moving forward with… Read more »

Florida This Week; New doc looks at the lasting health effects of 2010 BP oil Spill

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160919_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Monday we aired the latest episode of Florida this Week,  a panel discussion show on  state and local politics that is hosted by Rob Lorei on local PBS station WEDU. Among the topics this week: Calls for a federal investigation into Donald Trump’s donation to Pam Bondi’s campaign; The number of… Read more »

Women’s Show – Florida Phosphates and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture 9/22

Have you been following the massive sinkhole – just 30 miles east of Tampa in New Wales? JACLYN LOPEZ, Florida Director, Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity. Jacki thinks Florida may be beginning to wake up to its massive phosphate mining problems.  The sinkhole has already caused at least 215 million gallons of contaminated water to… Read more »

Mosaic New Wales sinkhole location from Google Earth

Mosaic apologizes for sinkhole communication delay; says contamination hasn’t spread

Executives from The Mosaic Company apologized Tuesday morning to Polk County residents for weeks of delays in notifying the public about a 45-foot-wide sinkhole that caused more than 200 million gallons of slightly radioactive water to drain into the aquifer. Walt Precourt, senior vice president of phosphates at Mosaic, told the Polk County Commission there are no… Read more »

floods Gulfport Hermine

St. Pete dumps wastewater into Bay pre-Hurricane Hermine

On Thursday Hermine strengthened to a hurricane; because of heavy rainfall Wednesday the City of St. Petersburg began what it calls a “controlled wastewater discharge into Tampa Bay.” The city says based on previous releases “90% of the discharge is expected to consist of rainwater/storm water.” But St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman says the amount of… Read more »

Tropical Storm Hermine

Tropical Storm Hermine will hit Florida Thursday

*update: Hermine became a hurricane on Thursday September 1 Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Wednesday because of the approaching Tropical Storm Hermine. The state of emergency covers 42 counties, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk and the counties north of the Tampa Bay region. It’s about 400 miles west-southwest of Tampa. The National Hurricane Center has upgraded… Read more »

Mosquito Control fumigation helicopter

Pinellas leaders considering genetically modified mosquitoes for Zika fight

A Pinellas County resident contracted Zika in Florida, so county officials are scrambling to find ways to control the mosquito that carries the virus; several leaders have signed a letter to the feds asking for permission to release genetically modified mosquitoes as part of the strategy to kill Aedes aegypti. One person who signed is… Read more »

Florida Solar Amendment Up for a Vote Right Now and the Fight for a $15 an Hour minimum Wage

By Rob Lorei Today on Radioactivity Tuesday we looked at the work that local activists are doing to promote solar energy and a livable, $15-an-hour minimum wage. http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160816_110618_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 First, we spoke with Deirdre Macnab and Julie Kessel from Florida’s League of Women Voters, and local Sierra Club Member Emily Gorman about Amendment 4 on the August 30th ballot that would… Read more »

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein

Green presidential nominee getting boost from Sanders fans

On Saturday at the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in Houston the party nominated Jill Stein for president and human rights activist Ajamu Baraka for vice president; Stein joined WMNF’s MidPoint Monday by phone. Listen to the full show here: Stein was also the Green nominee for president in 2012, so she is breaking a glass ceiling of… Read more »

True Blunders on Life Elsewhere

“Global warming is a total and a very expensive hoax!” This is only one of many tweets by GOP Presidential contender Mr. Trump on the subject of climate change. But that brash declaration caught the attention of environmental journalist, Robert Hunziker. He felt compelled to voice his rebuttal. In the always readable CounterPunch, Robert lays out… Read more »

Women’s Show – “Rewriting the Rules” and Clean Water

Photo by Brian Simms We are happy to be back after a two-week break….thanks to those who let us know you missed us….. We hope you enjoyed the convention coverage by Democracy Now!  Less than 100 days to go…  And it was a very historic moment for women.  It is a milestone for there to… Read more »

A conversation with Congresswoman Gwen Graham on the DNC, changes in water quality standards to allow more toxic chemicals

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160728_110617_radioactivityR1_191.MP3 BY Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Thursday our guest  was Congresswoman Gwen Graham who is at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. Congresswoman. Graham is a Democrat who represents Tallahassee in Washington DC. She’s also the daughter of former Senator and Governor Bob Graham. Host Rob Lorei spoke with her about the convention, Donald Trump’s email remarks and the controversial… Read more »