September 27, 2016

New Emergency Rule in Florida Requires Responsible Parties to Quickly Notify Public of Pollution Spills

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 […]
September 7, 2016

29 million gallons of sewage spill into Tampa Bay after storms

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 […]
September 7, 2016

Septic tanks threaten Florida’s waters