In a victory for business groups, an administrative law judge Friday ruled that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection overstepped its authority in proposing new requirements for notifying the public when pollution occurs. The department proposed the notification requirements after high-profile pollution incidents involving a sinkhole at a phosphate plant in Polk County and sewage discharges into Tampa Bay. Read more here!
The Mosaic Co. has announced a new, limited water well testing program in an effort to reassure Polk and Hillsborough county residents about the safety of their drinking water following a major environmental accident in September. Read more here!
Adapting sanitation systems to a fast-changing ecological reality is a challenge not only for big municipal institutions. According to new research, many septic systems — which are simple, backyard devices for addressing the ceaseless problem of toilet waste — are unfit for future climate conditions. Because of a higher water table linked to higher sea levels, conventional septic systems near the coast will not be as effective at removing harmful bacteria and nutrients. “We really […]
MULBERRY — The massive sinkhole that opened up last month at a Mosaic phosphate processing plant near the Hillsborough-Polk county line may be even deeper than previously thought. The sinkhole — initially reported as being 300 feet deep — may extend much farther down into the ground. “We believe it’s deeper than that,” Mosaic executive David Jellerson told reporters on Tuesday. “So the Floridan aquifer — I don’t have the exact dimensions, but just for […]
By: The National Law Review On Sept. 26, 2016, Governor Scott ordered the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to immediately issue an emergency rule requiring immediate notification of pollution spills to the general public, FDEP, and local governments. FDEP provides a copy of the Governor’s order and related materials on its website. During an investigation of two recent pollution spills that had the potential to impact drinking water, the Governor concluded that the public should […]
Hurricane Hermine vacated Florida four days ago, but she left an unpleasant fragrance in her wake. Since the Category 1 storm brushed by Tampa Bay last week, tens of millions of gallons of sewage — much of it partially-treated, plenty of it raw — have been unleashed into the waters of Tampa and Boca Ciega bay and into watersheds all over Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties. The total so far: 29 million gallons and […]