2009 archive

Seminole withdraws proposed Putnam County coal plant

Environmental groups are applauding Seminole Electric Cooperative Inc.’s decision not to build a new coal-fired power unit at its generating in Putnam County. Seminole Electric, which doesn’t have retail customers but sells electricity wholesale to other utilities across Florida, proposed building a third coal-fired unit at its Seminole Generating Station six miles north of Palatka. …

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Governors to meet over tri-state water dispute

The governors of Alabama, Florida and Georgia likely won’t have a proposed water-sharing agreement in hand next week when they meet to discuss the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system, a Florida official said today. The three states have been battling in federal court since 1990 over the river system, which is a source of drinking water for …

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Fla. delegation weighs in on EPA water standards

Twenty-five members of Florida’s congressional delegation have signed a letter urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to work closely with state officials and industry in setting limits for nutrients in Florida waterways. Scientists say nitrogen and phosphorus feed algae that have choked springs, rivers and lakes and have contributed to red tide in coastal waters. …

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Florida delegation going to Copenhagen amid climate warnings

A group of 25 business and government officials is going to the United Nations climate change conference in Denmark next week to push for green jobs for Florida. Meanwhile, a former U.S. climate negotiator told a Tallahassee audience on Tuesday that climate changes threatens the global economy and security. Florida State University scientists presented evidence …

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DEP delays sewage sludge action after business complains

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection today delayed action on proposed stricter rules over the land disposal of sewage sludge after one disposal company said the changes could cost it more than $1,000 per day. DEP has been working since 2002 on proposed rule revisions in response to public complaints and environmental concerns about sewage …

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PSC picks chairman, adopts conservation goals

By The News Service of Floridaand FloridaEnvironments.com On a busy day at the Florida Public Service Commission, the panel selected its chair for 2010-2012 and set energy conservation plan and fuel recovery costs for the investor-owned utilities. In a widely expected move, the PSC chose Commissioner Nancy Argenziano to lead the panel when beleaguered current …

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Florida commission considers sewage sludge rule changes

The Environmental Regulation Commission on Tuesday will consider changes to regulations dealing with “biosolids.” That’s the term used to describe the waste from sewage treatment plants, also called sewage sludge. Spreading biosolids or sewage sludge on land has raised health and safety concerns in some counties. The National Academy of Sciences says the use of …

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