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Fours years later, BP oil disaster still churns up environmental concerns listen

04/17/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: environment, BP, Deepwater Horizon, oil spill, Gulf Restoration Network, David Jolly, Sierra Club

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Four years after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are still turning up evidence that the ecosystem is suffering. During a press conference Thursday on the downtown St. Pete waterfront, David White with the National Wildlife Federation said a recent study shows 14 species have problems likely caused by the oil and dispersants used to clean it up.

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Hillsborough's environmental lands acquisition program celebrates silver anniversary listen

04/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: ELAPP, Hillsborough County, environment, Jan Platt, Frank Chillura, Temple Terrace, Mark Sharpe, Sandra Murman

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Supporters are celebrating the silver anniversary of a program to protect environmentally sensitive lands in Hillsborough County. 25 years ago under the leadership of former county commissioner Jan Platt, the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program started buying up properties in Hillsborough.

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Duke Energy subject of solar petition drive in St. Pete listen

04/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: environment, solar, Duke Energy, coal, Sierra Club

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About 100 environmental activists are asking Duke Energy to start investing in solar energy instead of continuing to rely on the coal-fired Crystal River plant. The group claims to have delivered more than 5,000 petitions to Duke Energy

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Environmentalists rally against proposed drilling wastewater disposal well near Everglades listen

03/21/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Environment Florida, wastewater disposal well, Fracking, drilling, Oil, environment

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Environmentalists are continuing a campaign urging the EPA to reject a toxic wastewater disposal well near local drinking water supplies and the neighboring wildlife refuge. The plan would allow chemical containing waste to be pumped into an underground well. Environment Florida

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Activists will rally for clean energy at Duke in St. Pete listen

02/26/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: clean energy, environment, nuclear, coal, solar, Duke Energy, Progress Energy

Activists from around the Tampa Bay area will rally at the Duke Energy headquarters in downtown St. Pete this weekend to demand clean energy. It

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Clean water activists to take their fight to stubborn Tallahassee Republicans

02/07/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: water, Cathy Harrelson, Sierra Club, environment, Janelle Irwin

Environmental groups are supporting a pledge signed by more than 2,000 people so far asking the state to stop over consumption and privatization of Florida's water supply.

The groups also want legislation that promotes proactive behaviors instead of reactionary ones - an act Cathy Harrelson says would ultimately save money.

But many lawmakers are pushing back against water regulations including House Speaker Will Weatherford and Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Harrelson joins us on the ...

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Long Bar Pointe development off the table on Manatee County waterfront, for now listen

12/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Manatee County, environment, Janelle Irwin, fisheries, Development, Long Bar Pointe, WMNF News, Bradenton

A controversial development proposal on waterfront property in Manatee County is on hold for now. Nearly 500 acres of waterfront won

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3-wheel car developer promises great fuel efficiency at low cost listen

12/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Elio Motors, fuel economy, fuel efficiency, environment, technology

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A fuel efficient car that looks like it could take off and fly at any moment could soon be available on the market for less than some used cars. But some critics worry the three wheeled two-seater might end up costing more than the company claims.

The Elio is expected to get up to 84 miles per gallon on the highway and at least 50 miles per gallon in the city. Jerome Vassallo, Vice President of sales for the Elio Motors, says the fuel economy combines light we...

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Pat Kemp talks with Joe Romm from the Center for America Progress listen

12/03/13 Pat Kemp
Last Call Tuesday
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Tags: climate change, Joe Romm, Pat Kemp, environment, Energy

Pat Kemp talks with Joe Romm from the Center for America Progress and founding editor of Climate Change. Rolling Stone named Romm # 88 on a list of people reinventing America and Time named him a

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A recent US Supreme Court case impacts wetland protection in Florida listen

11/15/13 Joshua Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: environment, wetlands, mitigation, US Supreme Court, private property, property rights

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Wetlands are important to Florida in part because they help to protect against flooding and the adverse effects of natural disasters. Tuesday at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport legal and environmental experts examined the impacts of a US Supreme Court decision that will affect the way that developers will be able to acquire and build over protected wetlands.

Ed Thomas is the President of the [Natural Hazard Mitigation Association](http://nhma....

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