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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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New report says dumping spent vessels into sea is harmful listen

07/20/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Throughout the world, used subway cars, tanks, ships and even tires have been placed on the ocean floor in the hope of creating artificial reefs – with varying degrees of success and environmental impact. A new study suggests a Navy program that sinks old warships to create artificial reefs is having some unintended consequences on the environment.

The USS Oriskany, nicknamed the Mighty O, was an aircraft carrier the ...

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St. Pete residents hear Raytheon's plans to clean up Azalea contamination listen

05/11/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Following a long battle from residents, Raytheon finally presented its solution to the groundwater contamination it is charged with leaving throughout St. Petersburg’s Azalea neighborhood. Raytheon officials presented their clean up plan, but some residents are still not satisfied with the response.

The contamination affecting Azalea residents was first discovered in 1991, before it was purchased by a company called E-Systems. But news of the contamination wasn’t made available to re...

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Plastic flamingos, St. Pete officials unite to fight proposed pro-fertilizer industry law listen

04/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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In recent years, cities throughout Florida have been banning use of certain fertilizers with the hope of curbing water pollution. Now, the state legislature is pushing through a law that would limit local control over fertilizer use. Today St. Petersburg became the latest city to pass a resolution opposing that bill.

The front lawn at St. Petersburg City Hall went kitsch this morning ahead of the City Council meeting. Dozens of pink plastic flamingos covered the small rectangle of grass. I...

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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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Dark Side of Climate Change - NRDC report warns of record hot days and nights listen

09/28/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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2010 is on pace to be the hottest year on record. A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council asks whether the U.S. is facing its “Worst Summer Ever?” because of high temperatures not only during the day, but even at night. Florida temperatures are also breaking records this summer. Daniel Lashof is director of NRDC’s climate center.

[NRDC report: The Worst Summer Ever? Record Temperatures Heat Up the United States](...

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Chemicals from fertilizer, household products impact Bay Area water listen

07/08/10 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Large algae blooms can be the result of excessive nitrogen and phosphorus running off of agricultural fields and lawns into waterways. They deplete oxygen and harm fish, shrimp and other aquatic life. Pinellas and Sarasota Counties have outlawed fertilizers on residential lawns during the summer because of the harmful effect excessive fertilizer use has on the marine environment. Sierra Club representative Phil Compton says Hillsborough must follow suit.

“Scientists tell us as much as ...

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Florida ranks third in nation for coal power plant pollution listen

11/24/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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A new report released today lists Florida as the third worst state for power plant pollution.

The report by Environment Florida is called “America’s Biggest Polluters: Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Power Plants in 2007.”

Sarah Bucci is an associate with Environment Florida.

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New EPA lead standards may affect East Tampa company listen

08/20/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revised its lead air quality standard to allow ten times less pollution than previously permitted. Compliance with the new standard may be a challenge for one of the only lead smelters in the country, located in east Tampa.

The board of Hillsborough County’s Environmental Protection Commission met on Thursday in Tampa. [Jerry Campbell](http://www.epchc....

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Group: Crist is slacking off on pollution violators listen

06/05/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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According to an analysis of state enforcement statistics released earlier this week, the Charlie Crist’s administration’s touted 2007 pledge to toughen anti-pollution enforcement in Florida has been a failure. That’s according to the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

Doug Tobin, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, was dismissive of the new report.

Jerry Phillips with Florida PEER says that while enforcement records are available fr...

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