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Florida DEP moves forward with numeric nutrient water standards as critics push back listen

03/26/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, numeric nutrient standards, TMDL, total maximum daily load, DEP, EPA, Florida

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Many Florida waterways still don’t have nutrient pollution standards. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is holding a series of meetings all over the state to talk about nutrient standards and how to make sure things like nitrogen and phosphorus are not contaminating water bodies.

“A healthy water body needs nitrogen and phosphorus so it makes plants grow and the plants grow and the aquatic fish and other life forms can eat the plants and you have a healthy system.”

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Environmentalists in 16 Florida cities demand state action to promote clean water listen

01/22/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: EPA, DEP, water, clean water, Florida, Kevin Beckner, Mark Danish, fertilizer

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Environmentalists in Tampa are joining 15 other communities across the state in signing a clean water pledge Wednesday. During a rally on the Riverwalk behind the Straz Center, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner added his name to the list of elected officials and activists who are demanding the state do more to protect water.

“We also have an issue in Hillsborough County of individuals having access to clean, affordable drinking water. It’s something that so many of us take fo...

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Businesses oppose what they say will be costly EPA regulations for Florida waterways listen

01/18/13 Ella Wind
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Environmental Protection Agency’s new numeric limits on nutrient levels in Florida waterways overrule the weaker, narrative-based limits used by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.The EPA says it will retract its rules if the Florida DEP creates its own standards. At a public information session in downtown Tampa Thursday, business owners want that to happen.

Some business people were unhappy with the EPA’s new role in regulating nutrient levels in Florida waterways...

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Florida environmentalists tell EPA to stand-by its water quality standards listen

01/17/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Environmental Protection Agency set new water quality standards in November that placed numeric limits on nutrient levels in Florida waterways. Environmentalists celebrated it as a win, but now the agency is considering yielding its rules to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection whose standards would not be as strict. 150 people from environmental groups across the state are gathering in downtown Tampa Thursday during a public information session to demand the EPA not let t...

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Nitrogen pollution in Santa Fe River; Acupuncture and herbal therapies

06/11/12 Jon Butts
Sustainable Living and Alternative Health
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We started today's show with Drew Bartlett with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, about algae in the Santa Fe River in North Florida. There is a growing problem with nitrogen in our aquifer that will not be easily fixed. Septic systems, fertilizer run off, storm water run-off and agriculture all contribute to the problem. Florida has some extra money to address the problem, but for now visiting your favorite spring this summer may be a little slimy.

Next up, Bob Linde,...

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DEP Staffer Suspended Over Defending Wetlands; New Group In Florida Stands Up For Ethics and Against Corruption

05/29/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll hear about the case of a state environmental worker- who was suspended for trying to protect wetlands… and we’ll talk about ethics in Florida government. The state recently received a low grade on a corruption risk scorecard….

But first four listener comments. One about our program last Friday on which we talked about the purge of Florida voter rolls. And two comments about yesterday’s interview with ...

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Azalea neighbors irate about response from Raytheon, Crist, Foster, and DEP listen

06/07/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The BP oil blowout isn’t the only environmental catastrophe some Pinellas residents have to worry about. People in the Azalea neighborhood of northwest St. Petersburg have been dealing with an underground plume of toxins coming from a nearby Raytheon plant. On Saturday morning, about 60 residents gathered with state legislators such as state [Senator Charlie Justice](http://...

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Hillsborough EPC fertilizer rule temporarily stalled listen

05/21/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this year, St. Petersburg enacted a fertilizer ordinance that restricts the use of nitrogen fertilizers on lawns during the summer rainy season. The Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission EPC is also considering a fertilizer rule.

The Florida Legislature recently passed [SB 494](http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/index.cfm?Mode=Bills&SubMenu=1&Tab=session&BI_Mode=ViewBillInfo&BillNum=0494&Chamber=Senate&Year=2009&Title=-%3EBill%2520Info%3AS%252004...

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Officials questioned on Raytheon toxic plume listen

07/14/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Groundwater contaminants exceeding target levels have been found in 13 irrigation wells in the Azalea neighborhood of St. Petersburg. But a growing plume of contamination from the Raytheon property poses “no health concerns” and a one-in-a-million excess cancer risk, according to University of Florida researchers.

This morning, dozens of concerned citizens questioned elected officials and government regulators at the Azalea Adult Community Center.

In a letter to the regional admini...

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