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The Endangered Species Act: Under attack? listen

09/30/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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For many years the Endangered Species act has saved hundreds of species from becoming extinct. Now 13 different legislative proposals are pending in Congress that could put the Endangered Species Act at risk.

For nearly 40 years the Endangered Species Act has worked to protect endangered species. The act protects 107 endangered species in Florida alone. But some members of Congress are attempting to weaken the Endangered Species Act. Robert Dewey, vice president for government relations f...

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Florida gets federal grants to support habitat conservation for endangered species including scrub jay listen

09/29/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last month the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced $53 million in grants given to 17 states for habitat conservation planning for endangered species. Florida’s grants will benefit the Florida scrub jay and three endangered plant species.

The Florida grants allow states to work with conservation groups and private landowners to create conservation plans to ensure the survival of endangered species. They’re possible because of the Endangered Species Act. Through the Habitat Conserva...

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Hillsborough Commissioners learn environmental effects of jet fuel spill listen

08/18/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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It has been almost a month since a pipeline carrying jet fuel from Orlando to Tampa ruptured, spilling thousands of gallons of fuel into a creek in Mango, fifteen miles east of Tampa.

Alain Watson is emergency response coordinator for the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County. This morning he told County Commissioners, in their role as the EPC board, about the extent of the spill and damages to the environment.

“The final numbers on the amount of jet fuel tha...

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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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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists gopher tortoise as candidate for Endangered Species Act protection listen

07/26/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The gopher tortoise is being listed as a candidate for protection under the Endangered Species Act in the eastern portion of its range, including Florida. But, the ecologically important reptile won’t be considered a full-fledged endangered species because of a funding shortfall.

In January of 2006 environmental groups filed a petition to list the gopher tortoise as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in the eastern part of its range. In 2009 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service c...

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Water restrictions will continue in greater Tampa Bay region listen

07/26/11 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Despite rain this month, there’s still serious doubt about the Tampa Bay region’s ability to manage the recent drought. Today, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, or SWFWMD decided to continue water restrictions in order to maintain the regional water supply.

Robyn Felix is a spokesperson with SWFWMD. She says the water restrictions will continue across all 16 counties because the lack of water during the previous year continues to impact water resources.

For the last ...

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ELAPP members remain optimistic about land preservation in Hillsborough despite state cuts listen

07/21/11 Aaron Dalley
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On Monday, the board for Hillsborough County’s Environmental Land Acquisition and Protection Program, or ELAPP, met for the first time since the new Florida state budget took effect. In that budget, $305 million of environmental land acquisition money was eliminated. But ELAPP board members remain hopeful. Forest Turbiville, section manager for regional parks and conservation services in Hillsborough County, said the cuts are affecting partnering agencies more.

"The cutting of Florida F...

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Two activists tree-sit to oppose mountaintop removal coal mining in WV listen

07/20/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Two activists in West Virginia are using a risky tactic to try to stop a mountaintop removal coal mining operation. Becks Kolins and Catherine-Ann MacDougal are sitting on platforms in trees about 80 feet above the ground within 100 yards of active blasting from a mine on Coal River Mountain. Charles Suggs is a former Tampa Bay resident and is a volunteer with the RAMPS Campaign.

Suggs adds that Alpha Natural Resources is blasting dangerously close to a sludge ...

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Open phones to discuss results of 2011 Legislative session

05/09/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)

Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Today we'll open the phone lines and get your comments about the state legislative session which ended early in the morning this past Saturday.

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Assessing the damage of the 2011 FL Legislative session with USF St. Pete Professor Darryl Paulson

05/06/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
Last Call Friday
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The 2011 Florida legislative session, scheduled to end Friday, reportedly progressed into the wee hours of Saturday morning and ended with GOP lawmakers turning on themselves. The St. Petersburg Times says "It was a rocky end to one of the most ambitious and ideological sessions in modern history..."

To help us better comprehend the relentless, 60 day GOP assault on women's rights, worker's rights, voting rights, healthcare, education and the environment we are joined on Friday's Last Ca...

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