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Environmental groups sue Gulfport over sewage overflows

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Three environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit this week alleging the city of Gulfport is in violation of the Clean Water Act for discharging raw sewage and other pollutants into Clam Bayou and Tampa and Boca Ciega bays without a permit. They are asking, among other things, that the judge levy civil fines against Gulfport of up to $37,500 per day per violation for violations occurring from Jan. 12, 2009, to Nov. 2, 2015. They’re also asking for civil penalties…

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Senate passes stopgap spending bill with $1.1 billion to fight Zika

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Averting an election-year crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika virus. The House was poised to act on the measure before day’s end. The sweeping 72-26 vote came after top congressional leaders broke through a stalemate over aid to help Flint, Michigan, address its water crisis. Democratic advocates for Flint are now satisfied with Republican assurances that money for Flint…

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Diane Roberts: Nature at war with Florida — thanks, Rick Scott!

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The streets of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale flood on a distressingly regular basis; the drinking water in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties is getting salty; mosquitoes infect you with Zika; toxic algae in our rivers, lakes and seas will give you a hideous rash, attack your nervous system, and impair your liver. Nature has declared war on Florida. Thanks, Rick Scott. To be fair, our desperate environmental straits are not entirely this governor’s fault. Dumping filthy runoff into our…

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Federal judge OKs $20 billion settlement from 2010 BP oil spill

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A federal judge in New Orleans granted final approval Monday to an estimated $20 billion settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resolving years of litigation over the worst offshore spill in the nation’s history. The settlement, first announced in July, includes $5.5 billion in civil Clean Water Act penalties and billions more to cover environmental damage and other claims by the five Gulf states and local governments. The money is to be paid out…

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Today on Context Florida: U.S. Waters, preserving the Union and if Bill Clinton had resigned

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Today on Context Florida: There’s a surprise coming to Florida property owners at the end of August, says Dan Peterson of The James Madison Institute, one wrapped in the federal government’s signature red tape. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers have positioned themselves to regulate practically every square inch of our state by redefining EPA jurisdiction to regulate water and land through a newly written “Waters of the U.S.” rule under the Clean Water Act…

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JMI: EPA’s new Waters of the U.S. rule threatens to ‘micromanage’ property owners

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According to a new report released by the conservative James Madison Institute Wednesday, new federal regulations set to be implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency at month’s end could be a threat to the property rights of Floridians. The study, entitled “‘Waters of the U.S.’: A Case Study in Government Abuse,” comes as the EPA prepares to enforce new rules designed to clarify protections set forth in the 1972 Clean Water Act. The JMI report, authored by attorneys M. Reed Hopper and Mark Miller,…

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$18.7B deal clears path for BP to close books on Gulf spill

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Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion. Federal and state government officials touted the record-breaking $18.7 billion agreement as a historic milestone in the Gulf Coast’s recovery. The Deepwater Horizon disaster killed 11 rig workers and spewed millions of gallons of…

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