Posts Tagged ‘Chemicals’

Editorial: Rick Scott’s positive move for openness

Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board September 27, 2016 Tampa Bay Times Gov. Rick Scott’s order to require the public to be told of any pollution incidents within 24 hours is a rare victory for open government, public health and the environment. It also is common sense, and the Legislature should follow up next year by…

Read More

Sinkhole leaking toxins into Florida aquifer prompts water quality fears

By Andrea Torres September 17, 2016 WPLG MULBERRY, Fla. – After a huge sinkhole opened up under a phosphate fertilizer plant, contaminated water with a slightly radioactive by-product seeped into a portion of the Florida aquifer system. Environmentalists feared that some 215 million gallons of contaminated water could have contaminated the water supply, after a…

Read More

Ron Littlepage: Call it the Florida Department of Pollution

By Ron Littlepage September 15, 2016 Florida Times Union As it stands now, your state government is hellbent on allowing higher amounts of cancer-causing chemicals to pollute our rivers and streams. When any sane person would be saying that zero carcinogens in our surface waters would be the right amount, the state is saying, more,…

Read More

Nelson, local leaders question Florida changing water pollution rules

By Erika Pesantes and Andy Reid August 31, 2016 Sun Sentinel With water pollution already fueling toxic algae blooms in Florida, the state shouldn’t allow more toxic chemicals to flow into waterways, South Florida officials warned Wednesday. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson met with local leaders in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday to discuss concerns about the state’s plan…

Read More

Cancer-causing chemicals will go nicely with toxic algae, flesh-eating bacteria

Fred Grimm August 18, 2016 Miami Herald Such auspicious timing. Rick’s gang at the state Environmental Regulations Commission could hardly have picked a more gruesome year to loosen restrictions on toxic chemicals dumped into Florida’s waterways.   A deluge of benzene, beryllium, trichloroethane, dichloroethylene and other known carcinogens ought to blend nicely with the stinking…

Read More

Toxic water rule delayed after Seminole Tribe sues

By Mary Ellen Klas August 11, 2016 Miami Herald TALLAHASSEE Florida environmentalists are hoping that a legal challenge by the Seminole Tribe of Florida will provide the catalyst to force state regulators to redo a controversial rule that raises the levels of some of the toxins allowed to be dumped into Florida’s drinking waters. The…

Read More

Clean water shouldn’t be so complicated

By Paula Dockery Orlando Sentinel August 4, 2016 We all want clean water. It’s vital to our survival. Clean water is necessary to ensure public health. Water leaving our lakes, running through our rivers and entering our bays and estuaries needs to be clean to support our seafood harvesters, our sport fishermen, our tourism industry,…

Read More