News & Public Affairs07/17/08 SeÃ¡n Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday Listen to this entire show:
Thirteen months ago, Hillsborough County Commissioners voted to eliminate the wetlands division of the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC). But environmental activists fought to save the wetlands regulatory arm of the EPC against some developers and agricultural interests who wanted it gutted.
Today, in their role as the EPC board, the County Commissioners unanimously approved a hybrid plan that was suggested last August to save the wetlands division but streamline permitting in wha...Be the first to comment
05/22/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday) Listen to this entire show:
Our guests during this segment, Susan Watson and Joy Ingram, live in the Seffner area of east Hillsborough County. They are battling plans by Tampa Electric to build a high voltage power line (the Willow Oak Wheeler davis line) through what they say is a pristine forest/wetland area.
The site is the home to at least one nesting pair of bald eagles. An administrative law judge has already ruled in favor of the utility company. The next step in the process is the Governor and cabinet must a...Be the first to comment
04/08/08 SeÃ¡n Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday Listen to this entire show:
Pinellas County Commissioners today disregarded the recommendations of their staff and the staff of the Pinellas Planning Council (PPC) by unanimously approving a change in the countyâs land use plan.
The amendment will allow construction of a Loweâs big box hardware store on property previously zoned for industry on U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs. Loweâs will be required to spend about $4-million on traffic changes on the site.
David Healy, executive director of the PPC, told Commissi...2 comments
02/08/08 SeÃ¡n Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday Listen to this entire show:
The federal Clean Water Act has provided pollution safeguards to rivers and other waters for more than 30 years. But in its current form, there are questions about whether so-called âisolatedâ waters such as wetlands are protected by the act.
Congress is now considering an upgrade of that act, which explicitly protects isolated wetlands. A new survey of rural voters was commissioned by the environmental advocacy group Earthjustice to find out peoplesâ opinions about protecting wetlan...Be the first to comment