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

03/17/14 Seán Kinane
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.

WMNF’s Seán Kinane interviewed Jared Saylor, campaign director at [EarthJustic...

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Are tough regulations needed to save Florida's springs? listen

02/13/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: springs, pollution, EarthJustice, Florida Legislature

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Florida’s springs are in trouble. Whether it’s pollution causing algae outbreaks, or reduced flow threatening to dry up springs that have flown for decades or centuries, nearly everyone agrees something needs to be done. But there’s disagreement over what that would be.

Recently a coalition of powerful state business groups wrote a letter criticizing efforts by some Florida legislators to help reduce pollution near springs. And that has environmentalists, like David Guest, head of the Flo...

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Pat Kemp talks with David Guest the lead attorney with Earthjustice in Florida. listen

11/26/13 Pat Kemp
Last Call Tuesday
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Tags: EarthJustice, David Guest

Pat Kemp talks with David Guest, the lead attorney with Earthjustice in Florida. Guest has spent more than three decades suing to protect Florida’s fragile environment.

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Is coal ash adequately regulated at the state or federal levels? listen

06/15/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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One byproduct of burning coal for electricity is coal ash. Last week we aired an interview with Lisa Evans, senior legislative counsel at EarthJustice about the potential dangers of coal ash storage in Florida. In this second half, she talks about how coal ash is -- or isn't -- regulated on the federal an...

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EarthJustice warns of potential dangers at coal ash disposal sites in Florida listen

06/05/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Most electricity produced in Florida comes from burning coal. In addition to the carbon dioxide and particulate air pollution one byproduct is what’s called coal ash. Often it’s stored in landfills or disposal ponds. But the environmental and legal organization EarthJustice has documented seven cases of coal ash contamination of water in Florida. Lisa Evans is senior legislative counsel at EarthJustice and spoke...

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Controversial strawberry pesticide methyl iodide pulled from US market listen

03/22/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last year WMNF reporter Kelly Benjamin produced a report about the toxic fumigant methyl iodide being used in Florida on strawberry and tomato fields and how Florida's Department of Agriculture does not keep track of where the pesticide has been used. Now, after months of harsh criticism and a lawsuit on behalf of health, farmworker and environmental activist groups, the makers of methyl iodide are suspending all US sales.

On Tuesday, Arysta Lifesci...

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EPA won't set estuary pollution standards until 2011 listen

03/19/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it’s not going to enforce key pollution restrictions in the state’s estuaries. That is, not until next year.

In 2008, several environmental groups sued the EPA, claiming it wasn’t enforcing the Clean Water Act in the Sunshine State. As a result, it developed standards for the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous that can flow into Florida’s lakes, rivers and e...

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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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