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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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Pinellas County Commissioners discuss water fees and cleaning up waterways listen

08/09/11 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Pinellas County Commissioners discussed a possible water tax decreases for residents at Tuesday morning’s public hearing. They also touched on the issue of next year’s Republican National Convention.

Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) spokesperson Corri Cutler says even though Pinellas and Pasco counties’ general tax fund will increase, residents may see a decrease in their water tax.

“But what they will see is there won’t b...

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Congressional hearings in Orlando on Florida's water pollution standards listen

08/08/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tuesday in Orlando there will be a Congressional hearing on Florida’s water pollution rules. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has imposed numeric nutrient standards on Florida’s water bodies, but they’re being challenged by some business groups. They’ll be well represented at the hearings called by U.S. Representative Cliff Stearns, which concerns Phil Compton, the Tampa Bay regional representative for Sierra Club Florida.

They are organizing a demonstration outside the ...

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Tampa moves forward on summertime fertilizer ban listen

05/26/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A state law preventing summertime fertilizer bans goes into effect July 1. Tampa City Council could beat the deadline by taking up the first reading of a fertilizer ordinance next week.

The good news for environmentalists? The Tampa City Council unanimously agreed to discuss a fertilizer ban at the next city council meeting. The bad news? An unrelated workshop item on today’s city council workshop agenda went well beyond its allotted time, so the specifics of the proposal are yet to be d...

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Florida has no reporting requirements for controversial pesticide methyl iodide listen

05/13/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Methyl iodide is a controversial pesticide that has been approved for use in agricultural fields in Florida and California despite vocal opposition linking it to cancer and other ailments. Today is the last day the Environmental Protection Agency will take public comment on use of the chemical. But finding out where and how much methyl iodide is being used in Florida is a difficult task.

The EPA's public comment period on methyl iodide comes at the request of EarthJustice, a law firm wor...

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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.

"I'm...

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League of Conservation Voters releases environmental scorecard for Congress on spending measure listen

03/18/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The League of Conservation Voters has released a special edition of its environmental scorecard for Congress on an appropriations measure with two dozen amendments. Alex Taurel is a legislative representative at the League of Conservation Voters.

"The national environmental scorecard, which the League of Conservation Voters puts out annually, it's been the nationally accepted yardstick to rate members of Congress on environmental, pu...

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