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Charlie Crist asks EPA to investigate deaths of pelicans, egrets in St. Pete

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U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to investigate the troubling deaths of more than 20 pelicans and egrets in the Tampa Bay area last week, as well as the massive beaching of false killer whales this weekend that resulted in more than 80 deaths of these mammals. The freshman Democrat from St. Petersburg wants the EPA to test the toxicity of the surrounding waterways to see if these deaths are linked to poor water quality caused…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.11.16 — Whither the EPA?

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Some random thoughts at the end of one of the most epochal weeks in the history of our republic: Yesterday in this space we contemplated some of the first moves the Donald Trump administration might make when he inherits power in January. Lots of focus right now is on the fact that he could kill all of the efforts this nation has made in worldwide pacts on climate change, beginning with the historic agreement signed in Paris earlier this year. “I don’t…

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Outcry grows over delay in warning about Mosaic sinkhole, contamination

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Neighbors of a huge sinkhole sending cascades of contaminated water and fertilizer plant waste into Florida’s main drinking-water aquifer are fearful and fuming that it took weeks for them to be notified about the disaster. Many are still waiting anxiously for results from tests for radiation and toxic chemicals in their well water. Meanwhile, the Mosaic Co. – one of the world’s largest producers of phosphate and potash for fertilizer – acknowledged Wednesday that the contamination had spread to groundwater…

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Pinellas woman files class action lawsuit against Volkswagen dealers

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A Pinellas County woman has filed suit against two local Volkswagen dealers for selling her a car with falsified emissions ratings. The suit stems from news earlier this year that Volkswagen manufactured cars with illegal software that faked federal emissions tests. The Environmental Protection Agency order led to nearly a half million VW, Audi and Porsche diesel models being recalled. Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned just one day after news broke in late September. But Palm Harbor resident and…

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EPA to remove Florida from “good neighbor” air-pollution rules

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The Environmental Protection Agency wants to set tougher new limits on smokestack emissions from nearly two dozen states that burden downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can’t control. At the same time, the EPA moved Tuesday to remove two states -South Carolina and Florida – from the “good neighbor” rules, saying they don’t contribute significant amounts of smog to other states. The EPA’s proposal follows a federal appeals court ruling this summer that upheld the agency’s right…

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Bloomberg group to air ads targeted Pam Bondi for challenging Obama’s Clean Power Plan

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is financing his super PAC about $10 million in television ads targeting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and three other attorneys general for their opposition to the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. “Despite the overwhelming evidence of the clean power plants progress and the lives we’ve saved, the 4 attorney generals in Florida, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin are now directly interfering with the public interests in their state,” said Howard Wolfson, a senior…

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NextGen Climate asks Marco Rubio to detail his energy plan

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NextGen Climate, the environmental PAC out of California led by Tom Steyer, is launching a new TV ad on Friday calling on Marco Rubio to lay out a concrete plan to power America with clean energy when he unveils his campaign’s platform later today. The new television ad “What’s Your Plan?” features Rubio’s comments last week calling for the United States to lead on clean energy. At a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Rubio said, “I want us to lead the world in renewables. I…

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