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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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Some protesters think Tampa police are handing out too many trespass warnings listen

12/28/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Occupy Tampa activists and some advocacy groups are wondering why the City of Tampa is giving trespass warnings to so many protesters. This month two groups of people were trespassed from areas where they thought it was safe to assemble.

Cari Welsh thought she was going to be arrested based on the actions of police officers during an Occupy Tampa meeting last week. Instead, about 30 people were given trespass warnings from a parki...


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...


Clean-air activists say the health of Tampa's children would benefit from air pollution regulations listen

09/21/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The EPA is under attack this week as new legislation threatens to delay new air pollution rules. But the White House and several environmental groups are fighting back, and demanding cleaner skies, and less pollution. Two local environmental groups met this morning in Tampa’s Ballast Point Park playground, where they say more children would play, if it weren’t for the smog.

President [Barack Oba...

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Sierra Club tests mercury levels in hair listen

05/09/11 Nolan Ruark
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Mercury in seafood can cause birth defects. Today the Sierra Club gave Floridians a chance to see how much mercury they’ve taken in lately.

Mercury pollution in seafood is a major concern in Florida, which has a large fishing industry. So when the Sierra Club set up mercury testing at a hair salon in Carrolwood, many showed up to have a lock of their hair cut and tested for mercury. Erin Lennox sat down for a hair cut to look out for her health.



Congress moves to axe EPA mercury emissions at cement plants listen

02/18/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, the U.S. House passed a spending bill that would cut funding for the enforcement of certain federal laws. One of them would have allowed the US Environmental Protection Agency to continue enforcing tough rules on toxic emissions at cement plants, including one in the Tampa Bay area.

Late last year, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection slapped international cement manufacturer Cemex with a hefty fine for emitting nearly ten times the amount of mercury legally allowe...

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Florida's Reliance On Coal Is Expensive

05/19/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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A new report from an energy watchdog group says Florida utilities now spend more than a billon dollars a year importing coal from other states.

The report, from the [Union of Concerned Scientists](, says Florida is one of 38 states considered to be a net importer of coal. Report co-author Steve Clemmer says the state is also now one of just 11 spending more than a billion dollars a year importing the fossil fuel.

The report calls on Florida utilities to stop...

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