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Clean water activists to take their fight to stubborn Tallahassee Republicans

02/07/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: water, Cathy Harrelson, Sierra Club, environment, Janelle Irwin

Environmental groups are supporting a pledge signed by more than 2,000 people so far asking the state to stop over consumption and privatization of Florida's water supply.

The groups also want legislation that promotes proactive behaviors instead of reactionary ones - an act Cathy Harrelson says would ultimately save money.

But many lawmakers are pushing back against water regulations including House Speaker Will Weatherford and Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Harrelson joins us on the ...

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Long Bar Pointe development off the table on Manatee County waterfront, for now listen

12/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Manatee County, environment, Janelle Irwin, fisheries, Development, Long Bar Pointe, WMNF News, Bradenton

A controversial development proposal on waterfront property in Manatee County is on hold for now. Nearly 500 acres of waterfront won’t be considered for a land use change at a meeting next month that would have given investors the green light on building a resort, retail center and convention center.

“All the grass flats – that’s where the Trout, the Red Fish, the Snook – they all get their nourishment in that area. If we ever get Scallops back, that’s where they’re going to be. It’s jus...

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3-wheel car developer promises great fuel efficiency at low cost listen

12/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Elio Motors, fuel economy, fuel efficiency, environment, technology

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A fuel efficient car that looks like it could take off and fly at any moment could soon be available on the market for less than some used cars. But some critics worry the three wheeled two-seater might end up costing more than the company claims.

The Elio is expected to get up to 84 miles per gallon on the highway and at least 50 miles per gallon in the city. Jerome Vassallo, Vice President of sales for the Elio Motors, says the fuel economy combines light we...

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Pat Kemp talks with Joe Romm from the Center for America Progress listen

12/03/13 Pat Kemp
Last Call Tuesday
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Tags: climate change, Joe Romm, Pat Kemp, environment, Energy

Pat Kemp talks with Joe Romm from the Center for America Progress and founding editor of Climate Change. Rolling Stone named Romm # 88 on a list of people reinventing America and Time named him a “Hero of the Environment.”

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A recent US Supreme Court case impacts wetland protection in Florida listen

11/15/13 Joshua Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: environment, wetlands, mitigation, US Supreme Court, private property, property rights

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Wetlands are important to Florida in part because they help to protect against flooding and the adverse effects of natural disasters. Tuesday at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport legal and environmental experts examined the impacts of a US Supreme Court decision that will affect the way that developers will be able to acquire and build over protected wetlands.

Ed Thomas is the President of the [Natural Hazard Mitigation Association](http://nhma....

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Tampa City Council close to approving Urban Forest Management Plan to protect trees listen

11/14/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Tampa, Tampa City Council, urban forest, Urban Forest Management Plan, Harry Cohen, trees, environment

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Tampa City Council could soon accept an Urban Forest Management Plan.

"From our point of view, what's so exciting about this is that as we work through the different land use applications that come through the idea that staff will have been able to work with people to determine exactly what the right trees are to go in the right place. Councilman Suarez talked a lot about wind but you know there were things in here about salt tolerance, drought tolerance and it's really just terrific tha...

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Big oil plans for cleanup after frequent spills listen

11/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: BP, oil spill, Deepwater Horizon, environment, drilling, Oil, fossil fuels, Gulf of Mexico

Oil industry professionals are learning about new technologies for spill prevention and response. A conference hosting big oil and companies that respond to spills is going on at the Tampa Convention Center this week.

The hundreds of people attending the three-day conference are also taking it as an opportunity to network with other companies. Gwen Keenan is the director of emergency response for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

“There’s a very robust and mature pro...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor applauds oil recycling start-up at Port of Tampa listen

11/06/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: kathy castor, NexLube, Oil, recycling, environment, economic development, Port of Tampa

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The first oil recycling business in Florida is scheduled to open by next summer. During a press conference Wednesday at the Port of Tampa where work has already begun on the $120 million NexLube facility, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor said the project will create 800 construction jobs.

“But eventually, when it’s operational, the higher wage, technical jobs that we need here in this community for a change.”

About 85-100 permanent jobs are expected to open with NexLube – a handful of ...

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There's hope for climate change in Florida says environmentalist listen

09/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: environment, water, global warming, climate change, Stetson, estuaries, John Kostyak

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Studies show that parts of South Florida have already seen 9 inches of sea level rise with another one to two feet predicted by 2060. The head of the National Wildlife Federation, John Kostyack, spoke to students at Stetson University College of Law Thursday about what has been done to preserve sensitive areas and habitats as well as what still needs to be done.

Kostyack is a legal advocate of Endangered Species Act policy and works to protec...

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Gulf of Mexico RESTORE Act public meeting kicks off in Tampa listen

06/25/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s been more than three years since the Deepwater Horizon spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The states along the Gulf are poised to rebuild thanks in part to their membership in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, GOMA. In Tampa at the 8th annual meeting of GOMA more than 200 business people and government employees are sharing ideas about the recovery efforts.

In 2012 the US Congress passed the Resources and Ecosystems Sustaina...

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