Posts Tagged ‘Florida Department of Environmental Protection’

Public must be warned about environmental threats

By the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board December 1, 2016 Sun Sentinel Three months ago, as Florida was still reeling from one environmental disaster — toxic algae blooms on both coasts — the state suffered another. More than 200 million gallons of contaminated water leaked into the Floridan Aquifer, the primary source of drinking water for…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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Report: Half of Florida lakes’ surface have ‘elevated’ algae levels

By Jim Waymer August 5, 2016 Florida Today Florida waters are growing greener, saltier and more toxic in some parts, according to a new report on the state’s waters. The report from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection shows a mixed bag for the state’s waters, with many trending toward more-frequent toxic algae blooms, fueled…

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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,…

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