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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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Study could start talks on Hillsborough fertilizer ban listen

12/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday Hillsborough County Commissioners agreed to spend $25,000 more for a fertilizer study during their monthly meeting as the county’s Environmental Protection Commission. The findings could determine whether or not Hillsborough implements a fertilizer ordinance.

The money will come out of pollution recovery funds and is in addition to another $50,000 that has already been allocated to the study. According to Tom Ash, general manager for environmental monitoring for the Hillsboroug...

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Florida nutrient pollution battle wanes, Tampa Bay still a focus listen

11/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The EPA has set new standards for nutrient pollution in Florida waterways after years of head butting and legal battles. The numeric nutrient standards cap nitrogen loads in natural water bodies at today’s levels. Suzanne Cooper, a planner with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, said the new regulations will keep water bodies like Tampa Bay healthy.

“So, for Tampa Bay they have identified a TMDL – a total maximum daily load for nitrogen that we cannot go above or it is estima...

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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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Former EPA Administrator Carol Browner, Pro Renewable Energy, Pro Environmental Regulation and Pro Nuclear

04/09/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. On the first part of the program we'll hear an interview I taped last week with former EPA chief Carol Browner. She was the longest serving EPA administrator having served from 1993 to 2001. Before that she headed Florida's Department of Environmental Protection. She's now a founder and principal of Allbright Group LLC. We'll talk about the rising pice of gasoline, solar energy, nuclear power, global warming, captured regulatory agencies,...

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Experts discuss New York State Attorney's fracking lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers listen

02/17/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hydrofracking is the process of extracting natural gas from shale rock under the Earth’s surface. The New York State Attorney General is bringing charges against the Army Corps of Engineers to crack down on the lack of regulation of the process known as fracking. Two of the main players spoke about the lawsuit to students, faculty and members of the public at Stetson Law yesterday.

Mauricio Roma is a geologist who works on the case ...

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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...

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Tampa activists demand cleaner air rules from the EPA listen

08/24/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Environmentalists rallied for clean air this morning in downtown Tampa. Their demand for less smog goes hand in hand with their call for reducing the rising rates of asthma in children.

About twenty protesters gathered around the base of a giant inflatable hand in Gaslight Park. The hand was holding an asthma inhaler, which for the activists represents the negative health effects of breathing in too much smog from fossil...

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How will Florida's battle with EPA over nutrient regulations affect Hillsborough? listen

08/18/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The state of Florida is in a battle with thefeds over water quality. Hillsborough County is affected by the ongoing dispute over regulating nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in Florida.

In 2008, a Florida Department of Environmental Protection report determine that half the rivers and lakes in Florida were impaired because of nutrients. After getting no response from the state for a plan to clean up its waterways, the federal Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, imposed numeric limits...

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