9:21 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Drought and wildfires have state officials saying "pray for rain"

Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner and the head of the state’s Division of Forestry are warning Floridians to be aware of an increased risk of wildfire danger. As Sascha Cordner reports, all of Florida is now facing drought conditions.

During a wildfire update to Governor Rick Scott and his Cabinet, officials heard that Florida is at a huge risk for wildfires:

“100-percent of the state is in a drought, this is as about Thursday, Friday, and  twelve-percent of the state is in an exceptional drought.”

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5:23 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

On the two-year anniversary of the BP Oil Spill, experts talk future of petrolum

Jack Gerard, President of the American Petrolium Institute.

Friday was the second anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.  That also fell two days before Earth Day.  Those events come at the same time the debate over the future of oil is ramping up.  Tom Flanigan talked with people on both sides of the issue and filed this report.

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10:05 am
Thu April 19, 2012

DEP promotes environmental crime awareness

Abandoned oil barrells such as this one could be a clue that something is amiss.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed this week as Florida’s 11th Annual Environmental Crime Prevention Week. As Sascha Cordner reports, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is increasing awareness of how to stop environmental crimes.

Environmental crimes are violations of state or federal environmental laws that could impact public health and the environment, such as illegal dumping or improper disposal of oil. Patrick Gillespie with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection says there are tips that can help residents spot these crimes:

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7:08 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

State policies promote energy-efficient buildings

The Leon County Extension Center serves as an example for energy-efficient buildings across the state

The Environment Florida Research and Policy Center says making your homes more energy efficient is easy. If you don’t believe them all you have to do is look at one building in Tallahassee Florida that’s over 50 years old and making all of its own energy. And Regan McCarthy reports a provision in a comprehensive energy bill passed this session could help communities across the state to fund similar efforts.

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12:00 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Four lawmakers join lawuit over nuclear cost recovery program

Four lawmakers have joined a lawsuit against the Florida’s nuclear cost recovery program. Regan McCarthy reports the bi-partisan group says the state’s law let’s utilities charge customers for nuclear power plants that might never get built.

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