pollution

Gov. Scott Will Sign Pollution Notification Bill

May 4, 2017
Associated Press

Gov. Rick Scott will sign a bill to step up public notification of pollution incidents, after the measure was unanimously approved Wednesday in the House.

Suzanne Young

The Florida Senate has passed a bill that would require the state Department of Environmental Protection to promptly notify the public after a pollution spill occurs.

Amy Green / WMFE

Government scientists are seeing a surprising surge in phosphorus in North America’s lakes and streams.

That’s the nutrient responsible for harmful algae blooms like those plaguing Florida’s Indian River Lagoon and other waterways.

Senators Back Increased Pollution Notice

Mar 22, 2017
Suzanne Young

After a pair of high-profile incidents last year, the Senate is moving forward with a bill that would require increased public notice when pollution is released.

New research shows pollution in the Gulf of Mexico is coming from a source close to home: our closets. A team of scientists say plastic microfibers in polyester, nylon and acrylics are washing out of household fabrics and into the ocean.

Indian River Lagoon Cleanup Gets More Funding

Mar 1, 2017
Amy Green / WMFE

Cleanup for the Indian River Lagoon is getting a $24 million infusion from the state.

Brevard County

Advocates are cheering Governor Rick Scott’s proposal to spend $40 million on replacing septic tanks with sewer systems around the Indian River Lagoon.

Senator Wants To Boost Pollution Notification

Jan 26, 2017
Suzanne Young

After an uproar about two high-profile pollution incidents, a key Senate Republican filed a proposal Thursday aimed at better notifying the public when pollution occurs.

Business Groups Challenge Pollution Notification Rule

Nov 27, 2016
mnfoundations / Flickr

Five major business groups have challenged a plan by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to impose new requirements for notifying the public when pollution incidents occur.

Proposed notification guidelines for pollution are raising hackles among the state’s major industries.  The rule changes come after millions of gallons of contaminated water were spilled at a Mosaic phosphate plant.

Utility Companies Concerned About Pollution Notification Plan

Oct 27, 2016
Suzanne Young

Representatives of utility companies and municipalities told environmental regulators this week they are concerned that a proposed pollution-notification rule could place excessive reporting burdens on industry and local governments.

Mosaic

The FBI wants to discover who sent an envelope containing an unknown white powder to the company on whose property a massive sinkhole opened, causing contaminated water and fertilizer to flow into Florida's main drinking water aquifer.

The FBI said Saturday it testing the powder delivered Friday to Mosaic Corp.'s Tampa area headquarters. The powder is being tested to see if it is dangerous.

Galvano To Lead Florida Senate’s Effort To Strengthen Pollution Laws

Oct 3, 2016
flsenate.gov

After the release of more than 200 million gallons of contaminated water at a Polk County phosphate plant, Senate Majority Leader Bill Galvano said Friday he will lead the Senate's effort to strengthen a state law to make sure Floridians are promptly notified of major pollution threats.

Scott Orders Faster Notice After Pollution

Sep 27, 2016
Suzanne Young

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday ordered new public notification rules after a sewage spill in Pinellas County and a sinkhole south of Lakeland that sent toxins into the drinking-water supply.

 A new study has found that Marine and Navy personnel stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. are dying at a higher rate than personnel at other bases, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s study backs up concerns that contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune may be tied to cancers and illness in as many as 1 million people.

Florida environmental groups are trying to persuade dog owners to pick up and dispose of waste, rather than leave it on the ground to wash into storm drains.

Bacteria from animal feces cause pollution and a public health threat in bodies of water all over the state, researchers say.  Dogs aren’t the only source – farm animals and wildlife contribute, as well -- but it’s one that people can easily control.

Dog waste is particularly nasty stuff, says biologist Eric Mayer of BioPet Vet Lab, an animal genetics research company based in Knoxville, Tenn.

After 112 manatees, 52 dolphins and 300 pelicans died in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon, researchers began looking for answers. One found a concoction of toxins on seaweed eaten by the dead manatees, but that didn’t explain why the dolphins and pelicans, which eat fish, are dying as well.

Palm Beach Post

Protestors around the state tried to convince the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it, not the state, should be in charge of water quality standards, the Florida Times-Union reports.

The once-clear water bubbling up from the aquifer now carries nitrates that bring algae blooms; some say the situation is nearing a crisis.