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  • It's time to reveal America's next top polluter ... | Environment Florida
    the toll that corporate agribusiness imposes on our water Each year factory farms produce millions of tons of manure more than the sewage produced by the entire U S population According to the U S Environmental Protection Agency EPA agriculture is one of the largest sources of pollution for more than 100 000 miles of rivers and streams in the United States along with 2 500 square miles of lakes and 2 900 square miles of estuaries These waters are so polluted that they are unsafe for fishing swimming and or wildlife This agribusiness pollution is a leading cause of the dead zones that plague waters from the Chesapeake Bay to the Gulf of Mexico Agribusiness pollution is so severe that it is beginning to threaten our drinking water as well In Ohio runoff from agribusiness operations contributed to a toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie which contaminated the drinking water for 500 000 people around Toledo with cyanotoxins in 2014 In Iowa nitrate pollution from agribusiness operations have so badly polluted the Raccoon River that Des Moines is now suing three counties for failing to stop contamination of its main drinking water source From manure runoff to direct dumping Agribusiness pollution runs throughout the industry s operations from factory farm manure to fertilizer and pesticide runoff from fields to direct dumping from processing plants Factory farms concentrate so many animals in one location that the volume of manure is virtually impossible to keep out of the water By and large the practices needed to curb this pollution are well known including buffer zones cover crops reduced fertilizer use and holding factory farms accountable for every pound of poop they generate But these big companies won t stop polluting unless the public demands it It s time to reveal the truth Unfortunately few people really know about how corporate agribusiness is polluting our waterways Before we can press corporate agribusinesses to change or our elected officials to force them to change we need to educate the public to get people to make the connection between megafarms and water pollution in the same way they do with big oil or big chemical companies or big pipelines or big sewage plants That s why we need you help to reveal America s next top polluter Clean Water Updates News Release Environment Florida After bipartisan defeat last week Florida senator abandons pro fracking bill Fracking the controversial drilling technique that uses chemicals to break up rock and stimulate the flow of oil and gas was kept at bay in Florida today after Sen Richter R Collier County abandoned his bill Senate Bill 318 The measure had been up for reconsideration today after a bipartisan group of Senators defeated it last Thursday in committee Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida Bipartisan group of legislators defeat pro fracking bill in state Senate clean water advocates celebrate A bipartisan coalition of state senators beat back an attempt to advance fracking in the state of Florida voting

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/programs/cae/its-time-reveal-americas-next-top-polluter (2016-05-01)
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  • 100% Renewable Energy | Environment Florida
    stop letting some slow moving politicians drag their feet and start pushing them to step up and lead It s time to sweep past the big energy interests from Big Oil and gas companies like ExxonMobil and Chevron to utilities like Duke Energy and Pacific Gas Electric from climate deniers in Congress to the Koch brothers that are not only standing in the way but using their financial might and political clout to roll back renewable energy s progress Join our call and help your community go 100 renewable The more people who join our call for 100 renewable power the more local state national and corporate leaders will step up and take action that will make a difference now and get us on the right track for the future Adam Perri Why wait And we can t wait Scientists say we must stop burning virtually all fossil fuels by 2050 in order to spare kids growing up today from the devastating impacts of climate change And why should we wait Why wait for healthier communities with cleaner air and water when we can have them today Why wait until it s impossible to leave the kids we know and love a safer healthier tomorrow Why wait when we can start changing the conversation about how we produce and consume energy so it s no longer a question of whether we ll get to 100 renewable power but how fast Why wait when America has the responsibility the ingenuity and the will to start leading the world to a 100 renewable future right now Steven Gilbert We ve got the power We re ready for this Our national network has done more to promote solar wind and energy efficiency on the state and local level than any other group in the country We ve won clean energy policies from pro solar initiatives to clean cars programs to renewable energy standards in 22 states all of which are driving down the costs of wind and solar and driving down carbon pollution Now we need you to join this movement and the first step is an easy one Add your name in support of a 100 renewable future Together we can do this A 100 renewable future based on 100 American made energy is 100 possible And it starts now Peter Kirkeskov Rasmussen via Flickr 100 Clean Energy Updates Blog Post This Earth Day climate action takes a big step forward Katie Hammer April 22 is a big day for climate action This Earth Day marks the historical event when more than 150 countries will come together to sign the first ever legally binding global climate deal The Paris Climate Agreement Keep Reading Blog Post Great Barrier Reef scientist And then we wept Katie Hammer Professor Hughes recalls his reaction to finding that 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef s coral is bleached And then we wept Keep Reading News Release Environment Florida St Petersburg City Council moves to draft an

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/programs/fle/100-renewable-energy (2016-05-01)
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  • After bipartisan defeat last week, Florida senator abandons pro-fracking bill | Environment Florida
    at bay in Florida today after Sen Richter R Collier County abandoned his bill Senate Bill 318 to promote it The measure had been up for reconsideration today after a bipartisan group of Senators defeated it last Thursday in committee Fracking would threaten our drinking water and the Everglades and that s why this bill has drawn wide bipartisan opposition from every corner of our state said Jennifer Rubiello Environment Florida state director We re delighted that today senators sided with the clean water and natural beauty that makes Florida famous not with the narrow interests of the oil and gas polluters Florida law is currently silent on fracking but SB 318 would have changed that by creating a loose set of statewide regulations for the inherently dangerous drilling technique Perhaps most importantly for the oil and gas industry the bill also would have nullified existing ordinances that prohibit fracking and preempted all local bans The senate measure was intended to pave the way for hydraulic fracturing as well as matrix acidizing the type of fracking most likely to occur in Florida in which acid is pumped into wells to dissolve limestone and stimulate the flow of oil and gas Fracking has contaminated water supplies polluted the air and marred landscapes across the country said Rachel Richardson Stop Drilling program director for Environment America Environment Florida s national federation The only safe way to regulate fracking is to stop it before it starts The bill had drawn widespread opposition from citizens more than 80 counties and cities environmental groups labor groups and even a class of fifth graders who testified last week in committee Every county represented on the Senate s 19 member Appropriations Committee has registered opposition to the bill The Senate bill s counterpart HB 191 had already

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  • Bipartisan group of legislators defeat pro-fracking bill in state Senate, clean water advocates celebrate | Environment Florida
    a cleaner greener future Connect with us Like Us Follow Us Contact About Us Issues Clean Water for America Solar For All Global Warming Solutions NO BEES NO FOOD 100 Renewable Energy News Action Jobs Donate News Release Contact Jennifer Rubiello Environment Florida Bipartisan group of legislators defeat pro fracking bill in state Senate clean water advocates celebrate For Immediate Release Thursday February 25 2016 TALLAHASSEE Fla A bipartisan coalition of state senators beat back an attempt to advance fracking in the state of Florida voting down Senate Bill 318 on a key panel 10 to 9 Environment Florida director Jennifer Rubiello issued this statement SB 318 would pave the way for dangerous fracking in our state putting the drinking water for 90 percent of Floridians and the Everglades in jeopardy Today Floridians spoke up for their water and senators listened We thank the bipartisan group of legislators who stood up against dirty drillers and today we re celebrating But we re mindful that this issue is not over yet We ll continue to work with our allies to defeat this reckless pro fracking bill at every step of the process Contact Jennifer Rubiello 727 327 3138 Contact person by

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  • America’s Next Top Polluter | Environment Florida
    Connect with us Like Us Follow Us Contact About Us Issues Clean Water for America Solar For All Global Warming Solutions NO BEES NO FOOD 100 Renewable Energy News Action Jobs Donate Report America s Next Top Polluter Company Profile Tyson Foods Inc Released by Environment America Release date Thursday February 4 2016 Download Report PDF Corporate agribusiness is emerging as one of the biggest threats to America s waterways contributing to dead zones from the Chesapeake Bay to the Gulf of Mexico and even threatening our drinking water Tyson Foods Inc is one of the world s largest producers of meat and poultry The company s pollution footprint includes manure from its contract growers factory farm operations fertilizer runoff from grain grown to feed the livestock it brings to market as meat and waste from its processing plants While comprehensive data on Tyson s share of factory farm and fertilizer runoff require some calculation the company is required to report pollution from its processing plants to U S EPA s Toxic Release Inventory TRI Tyson Foods Inc and its subsidiaries dumped 104 million pounds of pollutants into waterways from 2010 to 2014 the second highest volume of toxic discharges

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/reports/fle/america%E2%80%99s-next-top-polluter (2016-05-01)
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  • Clean water wins as Congress rejects budget rider | Environment Florida
    leaders agreed on an omnibus budget deal without riders to block EPA s landmark Clean Water Rule Environment America s senior attorney John Rumpler issued the following statement Due to overwhelming public support the Clean Water Rule has now withstood every attack that polluters could muster in Congress the Barrasso bill the Congressional Review Act measure and now an attempted budget rider Polluters and their allies have played all their dirty water cards in Congress and lost The Clean Water Rule restores protections of the Clean Water Act for streams that help provide drinking water to 117 million Americans along with millions of acres of wetlands The rule is vital to the health of waterways from the Great Lakes to the Chesapeake Bay to Puget Sound No wonder more than 800 000 Americans including mayors business owners farmers and doctors have expressed support for this historic clean water policy Our special thanks to all who stood in adamant defense of clean water throughout these budget negotiations from champions like Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Boxer to Democratic leadership to President Obama Thanks to their strong stands polluters gained no new ground on clean water in the omnibus Americans love our

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  • Why we need the Clean Water Rule | Environment Florida
    November we had a clear reminder of this pattern in North Carolina Tar Heel state officials issued a permit allowing Martin Marietta to dump 12 million gallons of mining waste per day into Blounts Creek The creek flows into the Pamlico River which is known for fishing and camping In response two groups asked an administrative law judge to review the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality NC DEQ permitting decision The judge ruled that the groups didn t have a proper legal basis to challenge the permit Without the federal Clean Water Act that would be the end of the story But NC DEQ implements its permitting program under the Act and so it is required to adhere to its standards including those governing the rights of citizens to challenge pollution permits If those standards aren t followed EPA can strip the state s delegated authority to implement the law and start enforcing it directly Last week EPA s regional administrator warned North Carolina that the state s failure to allow citizens groups to challenge pollution permits could lead EPA to intervene and enforce the Clean Water Act directly State officials were quick to label the whole episode a misunderstanding but EPA sure has their attention now And needless to say North Carolina is not alone Groups in Wisconsin are urging EPA to intervene because of that state s systemic enforcement problems and we ve seen similar petitions in Illinois and Virginia among others Powerful polluters almost always prefer to deal with state officials who often lack the resources or political will to confront them The Clean Water Act provides a federal backstop to make sure polluters can be held accountable And that s why defending the Clean Water Rule which restores the Act s protections to half the

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/blogs/environment-america-blog/ame/why-we-need-clean-water-rule (2016-05-01)
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  • Protect Florida's Waters | Environment Florida
    s streams open to pollution That s nearly 2 million miles of our streams at risk threatening the drinking water of 117 million Americans They also put at risk 20 million acres of wetlands an area the size of South Carolina and home to millions of birds and fish As a result of these loopholes hundreds of polluters are escaping any penalties In fact in a single 18 month period these loopholes undermined 500 EPA water pollution cases So together with our national federation Environment Florida took our case to the Obama administration urging the EPA to restore Clean Water Act protection to all of our waters We helped mobilize more than 700 000 Americans including 438 mayors and other local officials to join our call to action In April the EPA agreed to act proposing a new rule that would close the loopholes so the agency can enforce the law and stop the polluters We celebrated However now four big polluting industries are lobbying furiously to stop us Legal warfare Among our adversaries on this issue are big oil and gas companies which have thousands of miles of pipelines running through wetlands They re threatened legal warfare against the plan to restore protections to these wetlands Our opponents also include coal companies which are dumping the wastes from their mining into mountain streams They don t want these streams protected by the Clean Water Act They include powerful developers who want to pave over wetlands without restrictions A Michigan developer named Rapanos filed the court case that created the loopholes in the first place And they include huge factory farms which each year generate millions of pounds of animal manure that contaminates our rivers and streams These big agribusinesses unleashed a smear campaign designed to scare ordinary farmers into believing the EPA was out to grab their land and even regulate puddles It s completely untrue and it would be laughably ridiculous if it weren t so effective We choose clean water Will the U S Senate Still on Sept 9 despite the ongoing threats to our water the U S House voted to stop the EPA from closing the clean water loopholes with lawmakers repeating the polluters talking points 10 Now the polluters are pushing for a vote in the U S Senate to keep the EPA from ever being able to close these loopholes It s this simple If enough senators choose clean water we ll win If too many side with the polluters we could lose That s why we need your help right now Tell your senators to choose clean water Clean Water Updates Blog Post Stop the dam assault on our rivers and wildlife Russell Bassett Rivers and streams are the arteries and veins of our land and communities few things have impacted our rivers more than dams The hydropower industry is right now making an unprecedented assault on our rivers and wildlife If they re successful they ll take the nation back more

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/programs/fle/protect-floridas-waters?page=1 (2016-05-01)
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