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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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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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Wood storks may not be so endangered anymore listen

12/18/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that the wood stork be upgraded from its status as an endangered species to just threatened. Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced plans to reclassify the species during a conference call this morning.

“Wood storks in the Southeastern U.S. no longer face imminent danger of extinction and that’s thanks to decades of conservation work across the region.”

Wood storks have been protected under the Endangered Spe...

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DEP Staffer Suspended Over Defending Wetlands; New Group In Florida Stands Up For Ethics and Against Corruption

05/29/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll hear about the case of a state environmental worker- who was suspended for trying to protect wetlands… and we’ll talk about ethics in Florida government. The state recently received a low grade on a corruption risk scorecard….

But first four listener comments. One about our program last Friday on which we talked about the purge of Florida voter rolls. And two comments about yesterday’s interview with three Vietna...

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Two Views on the Environment from Writer/Sustainable Farmer Janisse Ray and the Tampa Bay Times Statewide Environmental Reporter Craig Pittman

02/21/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up first today we'll talk with writer, poet and sustainable living proponent Janisse Ray, author of several books including ECOLOGY OF A CRACKER CHILDHOOD. She'll be speaking tonight at St. Leo University. And later in the program we'll hear from Craig Pittman who is one of the leading environmental journalists in the state. He's written several books including MANATEE INSANITY. We'll talk about some major environmental issues that...

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Hillsborough EPC reluctantly approves New Tampa bridge permit listen

01/27/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Despite years of public outcry from some local residents, the City of Tampa wants to build a bridge that would link New Tampa and Commerce Park Boulevards. The county board overseeing environmental issues gave the city permission to move ahead on the project today, but with some reluctance.

It’s a battle that’s been dragging on for about three years. The city of Tampa sees the bridge as a means of easing congestion on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, a New Tampa thoroughfare that can often look l...

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The suffering begins on the Gulf Coast listen

05/10/10 Tom Baur
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Oily tar balls are rolling into the pristine bayous and islands ...

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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 Hillsborough, a...

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Paving Paradise: Vanishing wetlands

03/03/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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WELCOME TO RADIOACTIVITY. I’M ROB LOREI. Coming up today, we’ll hear from two local authors who have written a new book about Florida’s vanishing wetlands. And later we’ll hear from anti-genocide activist John Prendergast.

First up:

When European settlers first came to Florida- up to three quarters of Florida’s 35 million acres were under water at least part of the year. What’s happened to those wetlands is the subject of a new book called *Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands ...

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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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