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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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Duke Energy subject of solar petition drive in St. Pete listen

04/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: environment, solar, Duke Energy, coal, Sierra Club

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About 100 environmental activists are asking Duke Energy to start investing in solar energy instead of continuing to rely on the coal-fired Crystal River plant. The group claims to have delivered more than 5,000 petitions to Duke Energy’s downtown St. Petersburg headquarters after rallying in the park across the street. Brooksville resident Deevon Quirolo says she single-handedly gathered 1,000 of them.

“Austin, Texas just launched a deal to use a solar array with 150 megawatts of energy ...

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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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Activists will rally for clean energy at Duke in St. Pete listen

02/26/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: clean energy, environment, nuclear, coal, solar, Duke Energy, Progress Energy

Activists from around the Tampa Bay area will rally at the Duke Energy headquarters in downtown St. Pete this weekend to demand clean energy. It’s being organized by Greenpeace community coordinator Christine Wall. During an interview this week, Wall said the group hopes to draw attention to the dangers associated with coal and nuclear plants.

Activists will have petitions to sign as well as a booth for making Clean Energy t-shirts.

"Duke Energy probably has seven nuclear plants around...

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More than 20 groups join forces in quest for clean energy listen

11/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: clean energy, solar, coal, nuclear, Duke Energy, Sierra Club

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More than 20 groups have joined forces to encourage Duke Energy to invest in renewable energy sources like solar instead of dirty coal. During a kick off rally Wednesday in downtown St. Pete across from Duke’s Florida headquarters, more than 100 residents demanded that the energy giant close its Crystal River coal plant by 2016. Kelly Martin is the senior campaign director for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal program.

“We also know that the Crystal River coal plant is one that is ripe for re...

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Greenpeace Calls on Major Companies to Reduce Reliance on Coal and Chris Hedges Speaks Out Against Wall Street Arrogance

07/19/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll look at two issues. We'll talk first with Greenpeace's Christine Lin about the showing of a film called On Coal River tonight at Sacred Grounds in Tampa. Greenpeace is trying to pressure large companies such as Apple and Microsoft to switch from coal-generated electricity to more sustainable forms of energy.

Later we'll listen to a talk...

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Is coal ash adequately regulated at the state or federal levels? listen

06/15/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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One byproduct of burning coal for electricity is coal ash. Last week we aired an interview with Lisa Evans, senior legislative counsel at EarthJustice about the potential dangers of coal ash storage in Florida. In this second half, she talks about how coal ash is -- or isn't -- regulated on the federal an...

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EarthJustice warns of potential dangers at coal ash disposal sites in Florida listen

06/05/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Most electricity produced in Florida comes from burning coal. In addition to the carbon dioxide and particulate air pollution one byproduct is what’s called coal ash. Often it’s stored in landfills or disposal ponds. But the environmental and legal organization EarthJustice has documented seven cases of coal ash contamination of water in Florida. Lisa Evans is senior legislative counsel at EarthJustice and spoke...

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Greenpeace ship brings message opposing dirty coal to St. Pete listen

02/27/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A brand new ship built for Greenpeace with sustainability in mind stopped off in St. Petersburg this weekend. The crew of the Rainbow Warrior III is on their maiden voyage to Rio de Janeiro to combat environmental crimes like illegal timber harvesting in the Amazon. But during their stay at the Port of St. Petersburg, Greenpeace spokesperson David Pomerantz welco...

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Environmentalists protest Pam Bondi for joining a suit to block EPA mercury rule listen

12/13/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has joined 24 other states in a lawsuit that would block an Environmental Protection Agency rule to reduce mercury air pollution. But a group of advocates gathered in front of Bondi’s Tampa office today to ask her to drop that suit. The Sierra Club’s Phil Compton is concer...

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