New Law Requires Public Notification For Pollution

Jun 15, 2017
The Nature Conservancy

A new law signed today requires public notification within 24 hours of pollution incidents. 

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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.

Capital Report: 08-22-2014

Aug 22, 2014

Here’s the latest on a story we’ve been following for many weeks. Lawmakers, lawyers and the League of Women voters converged on a Leon County Courtroom this week to argue the merits of Florida’s newly revised congressional districts.  Nick Evans reports parties to the case did not see eye to eye in testimony leading up to the judge’s decision.

LHatter / WFSU News

North Florida’s Lake Talquin is getting a house call from the state’s environmental doctors. Officials are targeting the lake as part of ongoing efforts to clean up polluted water bodies.

Lake Talquin is not a natural formation; it’s man- made. And the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Greg DeAngelo  says that makes addressing pollution a little harder. A big part of fixing Talquin’s problems is determining total maximum daily loads, or TMDL’s—that's the maximum amount of pollution a water body can handle while still meeting water quality standards.

David Miller / EarthJustice

A state legislative panel has come up with a multi-point plan for cleaning up Central Florida’s polluted water bodies. Issues in the Lake Okeechobee basin arose earlier in the summer as polluted water from the lake was released into surrounding systems.

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Everglades Improvement and Management bill into law Tuesday. The measure appropriates $32 million a year for the next decade to help clean up the Everglades.

It’s hard to argue against funding restoration efforts in the Everglades, but the new law is more complicated than it may first appear.

According to David Guest, managing attorney for the Tallahassee office of Earth Justice, the law allows polluters to shirk constitutional obligations.

EPA Adopts Water Pollution Rules for Florida

Dec 1, 2012

Environmental groups in Florida are praising a move by the federal government to impose tough water pollution standards in the state. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency later tempered that excitement by also adopting rules that have long been criticized by the groups.

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: