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Hillsborough EPC hosts 12th annual Clean Air Fair listen

05/10/13 Roberto Roldan
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In celebration of clean air month, Hillsborough county’s Environmental Protection Commission put on it’s 12th annual Clean Air Fair Thursday at Poe Plaza in downtown Tampa. It featured exhibits from local government agencies as well as local business’ showcasing their efforts towards addressing the environmental issues facing the Tampa Bay area.

The event was an effort to bring together local businesses and organizations together to help the EPC reach out and inform the community. On...

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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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Hillsborough EPC wary of state bills that would dismantle environmental regs listen

04/21/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Some Tampa residents may have noticed a rank scent in the air after a ruptured sewer pipe leaked almost six million gallons of wastewater into area wetlands. The outcome wasn’t a worst-case scenario, but some bills in the state legislature could make such messes harder to manage in the future.

The spill, which happened in mid-March, put officials on alert after millions of gallons of raw sewage crept toward the Hillsborough River. Much of the mess bled into surrounding wetlands near I-75...

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Hillsborough EPC considers summer fertilizer ban listen

12/09/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission heard from more than thirty speakers this afternoon on a proposed county-wide ban on nitrogen fertilizers.

Twenty-three residents spoke for the ban, while ten spoke against it. Supporters of the ban say that runoff from nitrogen fertilizers is causing deadly algal blooms that hurt numerous Tampa Bay area industries. Opponents, like Stephanie Shateela, a pest control company employee says that education is key, and that a total ban...

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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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Hillsborough EPC fertilizer rule temporarily stalled listen

05/21/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Earlier this year, St. Petersburg enacted a fertilizer ordinance that restricts the use of nitrogen fertilizers on lawns during the summer rainy season. The Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission EPC is also considering a fertilizer rule.

The Florida Legislature recently passed [SB 494](http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/index.cfm?Mode=Bills&SubMenu=1&Tab=session&BI_Mode=ViewBillInfo&BillNum=0494&Chamber=Senate&Year=2009&Title=-%3EBill%2520Info%3AS%252004...

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EPC in danger of being “streamlined” again? listen

03/09/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Two years ago, Hillsborough County citizens successfully stopped an effort by developers and some Commissioners to eliminate the wetlands division of the county’s Environmental Protection Commission, or EPC. But a new state-wide effort to eliminate all of Florida’s local regulatory agencies in an effort to “streamline” permitting for developers is supported by two state representatives from Hillsborough.

Republicans Faye Culp, who represents south Tampa and parts of western Hillsbo...

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Hillsborough noise pollution ordinance revised listen

09/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) of Hillsborough County today revised its noise pollution ordinance. Some county residents worry that despite the changes, frequent violators like the Ford Amphitheatre will still create disturances.

Until Thursday, it was a violation of the county’s noise ordinance to exceed certain decibel limits, even for a split second. The main revision averages the sound over a 10-minute period to determine whether a violation has occurred.

John McDo...

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EPC adopts wetlands hybrid solution listen

07/17/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Thirteen months ago, Hillsborough County Commissioners voted to eliminate the wetlands division of the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC). But environmental activists fought to save the wetlands regulatory arm of the EPC against some developers and agricultural interests who wanted it gutted.

Today, in their role as the EPC board, the County Commissioners unanimously approved a hybrid plan that was suggested last August to save the wetlands division but streamline permitting in wha...

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