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Rock Mining: An economic asset, or environmental hazard? listen

01/26/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida’s economy is known for its housing market, which takes tons of concrete to maintain. Roads that span the state also require limestone for construction, but environmentalists say there’s a high cost of mining the rocks for housing and highway projects.

Swamp lands in South Florida are cheap. They aren’t ideal for commercial development, and no one can build a house on wetlands. The wetlands also provide a pristine aquatic resource, but limestone reserves held deep beneath the...


Rock Mines threaten Everglades Restoration Plans listen

01/25/10 Joshua Lee Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Limestone rock mining in Florida provides critical components for housing and highway construction. But environmentalists have some concrete concerns as rock mining impacts the Florida Aquifers and Everglades restoration.

Earlier this month Obama administration officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the Picayune Strand Restoration project. It will attempt to restore a natural water flow th...

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