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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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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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EPA Tells Florida to Clean Up its Environmental Act listen

12/02/10 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Environmental Protection Agency is finally forcing Florida to clean up its environmental act. On November 15th the agency announced new state water quality standards. The legislation has raised the ire of industry polluters and has Republican lawmakers screaming “government intrusion” and threatening litigation. Meanwhile, environmental groups are busy trying to counter the barrage of misinformation ...

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EPA holds hearings in Tampa on numeric pollution standards for Florida listen

04/15/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today, the Tampa City Council passed a resolution asking the Hillsborough County Commission to pass a fertilizer ordinance to reduce the amount of nutrients that seep into the county’s waterways. High levels of nitrogen can cause harmful algae blooms.

A bill moving through the state Legislature would forbid local governments from passing fertilizer ordinances.

Because...

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EPA won't set estuary pollution standards until 2011 listen

03/19/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it’s not going to enforce key pollution restrictions in the state’s estuaries. That is, not until next year.

In 2008, several environmental groups sued the EPA, claiming it wasn’t enforcing the Clean Water Act in the Sunshine State. As a result, it developed standards for the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous that can flow into Florida’s lakes, rivers and e...

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