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Environment Florida to draw attention to Clean Water Act with paddle on Hillsborough River listen

06/27/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Environment Florida, EPA, hillsborough river, wetlands, Clean Water Act

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The federal Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule to strengthen protections for wetlands and small waterways under the Clean Water Act.

The advocacy group Environment Florida is drawing attention to public input on the rule by organizing a group paddle down the Hillsborough River tomorrow morning.

WMNF interviewed Jennifer Rubiello, a field organizer with Environment Florida.

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EPA reveals plans to cut power plant carbon emissions by close to 40% in Florida listen

06/03/14 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Tags: EPA, The Clean Power Plan

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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei opens the phone lines to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency plan to cut carbon emissions by almost 40% in Florida and 30% nationally in the next 16 years. The Clean Power Plan is part of President Obama’s initiative to reduce pollution linked to climate change.

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EPA proposal could phase out coal-fired power plants by implementing CO2 emission regulations listen

06/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: environment, climate change, sea level rise, coal, TECO, Duke Energy, Sierra Club, EPA, Consumer Energy Alliance

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The Environmental Protection Agency rolled out a plan Monday to cut carbon emissions by almost 40% in Florida and 30% nationally in the next 16 years. The Clean Power Plan is part of President Barack Obama’s initiative to reduce pollution linked to climate change. A spokesperson for the Sierra Club, Jenna Garland, says the proposed rule is a longtime coming.

“We are already experiencing the effects of a destabilized climate and here in Florida with water quality issues, water availability...

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Proposed gas pipeline could threaten Tampa Bay water supply listen

05/19/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: EPA, Sabal Trail, Anita Stewart, SpectraBusters, environment, water, natural gas

A coalition of energy companies including Florida Power and Light wants to build a 460-mile long natural gas pipeline through Florida and two other states. But environmentalists are pushing back against the project they say could contaminate aquifers. Anita Stewart is a district supervisor for the Hillsborough County Soil and Water Conservation District. She’s worried about a section of the pipeline that could bisect parts of a preserved area in Sumter and Pasco counties.

“This pipeline i...

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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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EPA proposes rule clarifying Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands listen

03/25/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: EPA, Clean Water Act, rivers, water, streams, wetlands, regulations

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Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule aimed at clarifying and strengthening the Clean Water Act.

The rule was published on the EPA website and says it would ‘enhance protection for the nation’s public health and aquatic resources … by increasing clarity as to the scope of “waters of the United States” protected under the Act.’

In an online video, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the new rule will help identify [streams and wetlands](http://environmentflorida....

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What will EPA rules for coal ash mean for Florida? listen

03/17/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: EarthJustice, coal, coal ash, EPA

A recent spill of toxic coal ash from a Duke Energy storage pond polluted a North Carolina river and has people concerned about the safe storage and disposal of the waste product of burning coal.

Florida has dozens of coal ash ponds and landfills and there are no regulations specific to the waste product. That is, until later this year when the EPA is required to finalize the first-ever coal ash regulations.

WMNF’s Seán Kinane interviewed Jared Saylor, campaign director at [EarthJustic...

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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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Activists aim to spook lawmakers into increasing protections for waterways listen

10/30/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, clean water, Gulf Restoration Network, Environment Florida, Sierra Club, EPA, Clean Water Act

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Some waterways haven’t been protected under the Clean Water Act over the past decade because of some Supreme Court rulings. Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule change that would close those loopholes. At a press conference Wednesday at Rivercrest Park in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, Environment Florida’s Jennifer Rubiello said without the change water bodies considered unnavigable are vulnerable to pollutants.

“This did not used to be the case, s...

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Cleaning up dirty water can create energy listen

03/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Researchers at the University of South Florida showed off their work with waste water and other testing technologies to officials from the Environmental Protection Agency. During lab tours today, Professor Daniel Yeh demonstrated how the water that gets dumped, flushed or otherwise thrown out can be put to better use.

“If you can just re-route the electrodes that’s built into the waste organic matter, we can actually turn the waste organic matter into methane which is basically natur...

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