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Florida DEP moves forward with numeric nutrient water standards as critics push back listen

03/26/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, numeric nutrient standards, TMDL, total maximum daily load, DEP, EPA, Florida

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Many Florida waterways still don

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EPA proposes rule clarifying Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands listen

03/25/14 Se
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: EPA, Clean Water Act, rivers, water, streams, wetlands, regulations

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Tuesday the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule aimed at clarifying and strengthening the Clean Water Act.

The rule was published on the EPA website and says it would

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What will EPA rules for coal ash mean for Florida? listen

03/17/14 Se
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: EarthJustice, coal, coal ash, EPA

A recent spill of toxic coal ash from a Duke Energy storage pond polluted a North Carolina river and has people concerned about the safe storage and disposal of the waste product of burning coal.

Florida has dozens of coal ash ponds and landfills and there are no regulations specific to the waste product. That is, until later this year when the EPA is required to finalize the first-ever coal ash regulations.

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Environmentalists in 16 Florida cities demand state action to promote clean water listen

01/22/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: EPA, DEP, water, clean water, Florida, Kevin Beckner, Mark Danish, fertilizer

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Environmentalists in Tampa are joining 15 other communities across the state in signing a clean water pledge Wednesday. During a rally on the Riverwalk behind the Straz Center, Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner added his name to the list of elected officials and activists who are demanding the state do more to protect water.

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Activists aim to spook lawmakers into increasing protections for waterways listen

10/30/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: water, clean water, Gulf Restoration Network, Environment Florida, Sierra Club, EPA, Clean Water Act

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Some waterways haven

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Cleaning up dirty water can create energy listen

03/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Researchers at the University of South Florida showed off their work with waste water and other testing technologies to officials from the Environmental Protection Agency. During lab tours today, Professor Daniel Yeh demonstrated how the water that gets dumped, flushed or otherwise thrown out can be put to better use.

“If you can just re-route the electrodes that’s built into the waste organic matter, we can actually turn the waste organic matter into methane which is basically natural g...

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Businesses oppose what they say will be costly EPA regulations for Florida waterways listen

01/18/13 Ella Wind
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Environmental Protection Agency’s new numeric limits on nutrient levels in Florida waterways overrule the weaker, narrative-based limits used by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.The EPA says it will retract its rules if the Florida DEP creates its own standards. At a public information session in downtown Tampa Thursday, business owners want that to happen.

Some business people were unhappy with the EPA’s new role in regulating nutrient levels in Florida waterways. Af...

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Florida environmentalists tell EPA to stand-by its water quality standards listen

01/17/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Environmental Protection Agency set new water quality standards in November that placed numeric limits on nutrient levels in Florida waterways. Environmentalists celebrated it as a win, but now the agency is considering yielding its rules to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection whose standards would not be as strict. 150 people from environmental groups across the state are gathering in downtown Tampa Thursday during a public information session to demand the EPA not let t...

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Study could start talks on Hillsborough fertilizer ban listen

12/13/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thursday Hillsborough County Commissioners agreed to spend $25,000 more for a fertilizer study during their monthly meeting as the county’s Environmental Protection Commission. The findings could determine whether or not Hillsborough implements a fertilizer ordinance.

The money will come out of pollution recovery funds and is in addition to another $50,000 that has already been allocated to the study. According to Tom Ash, general manager for environmental monitoring for the Hillsborough ...

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Florida nutrient pollution battle wanes, Tampa Bay still a focus listen

11/12/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The EPA has set new standards for nutrient pollution in Florida waterways after years of head butting and legal battles. The numeric nutrient standards cap nitrogen loads in natural water bodies at today’s levels. Suzanne Cooper, a planner with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, said the new regulations will keep water bodies like Tampa Bay healthy.

“So, for Tampa Bay they have identified a TMDL – a total maximum daily load for nitrogen that we cannot go above or it is estimated th...

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