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EPA proposes new greenhouse gas regulations listen

12/28/09 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule change in the Clean Air Act, such that only the biggest polluters will be subject to regulations for greenhouse gas emissions. Today is the last day the EPA is taking public comments about the rule; comments are open until midnight tonight.

The EPA announced earlier this month that greenhouse gas emissions are a threat to both public health and the environment. The news came right before the climate conference in Copenhage...

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Environmental groups want more protections from pesticides listen

12/02/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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According to the Tampa Tribune, Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena wants the city to ban a type of pesticide. Saul-Sena wants Tampa to forbid the use of Curfew, made by Dow AgroScience, which is used to kill tiny worms on the lawns of city parks and golf courses. The pesticide, which contains the chemical 1,3-dichloropropene, has been banned in some northern states and in Miami-Dade County because it might contaminate drinking water.

In other pesticide news, a coalition of nonprof...

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EPA settles with environmental groups; new pollution limits on FL waterways listen

08/21/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to place limits on how much pollution can enter Florida’s waterways. Environmental groups fanned out across the state today to announce a settlement to a lawsuit they filed last year against the EPA.

David Guest is with Earthjustice, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. "Today is a major milestone in the protection of lakes and rivers in Florida."

Guest says EPA signed a consent decree as the consequence of the lawsuit.

The cons...

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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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EPA Administrator announces funding for electric vehicles listen

08/05/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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As part of a coordinated action today, President Obama and several members of his cabinet fanned out around the country to make the case that green technologies can help the economy improve. Part of that rebound, they say, will be due to projects being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

During a rain storm this afternoon in St. Petersburg, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced that green technologies are receiv...

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Report details troubled waters in Florida

10/11/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The nonprofit group Environment Florida released a report today revealing that many polluters in Florida repeatedly violate federal clean water laws. The report is called Troubled Waters: An analysis of Clean Water Act compliance.

Environment Florida used a Freedom of Information Act request to get data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding all major facilities across the country that exceeded their Clean Water Act permits in 2005.

Two Tampa Bay area counties, Hillsbo...

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