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File under ‘We told you so:’ Dispersant used by BP was bad

File under ‘We told you so:’  Dispersant used by BP was bad

A study published in the PLOS One online journal says Corexit 9600, the dispersant most often used during the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, might cause damage to cells in human lungs and in the gills of fish and crabs. About 48,000 workers participating in the cleanup in the Gulf and along the [...]

Fordham law students visit Wedgewood community

Fordham law students visit Wedgewood community

Dr. Gloria Horning is hosting a group of Fordham University Law students who are studying who has happened in the Wedgewood community, looking at the environmental, health and legal issues involved. Yesterday, we had Sarah Baldwin, one of the students, came on Pensacola Speaks. The group will [...]

FDOH: Wedgewood air identified as public health hazard

FDOH: Wedgewood air identified as public health hazard

Yesterday the Florida Department of Health, Public Health Toxicology, mailed the community update to about 650 property owners near the Rolling Hills Landfill. This update summarizes the Department’s draft health consultation report, solicits public comment on this report, and announces a March [...]

BP spin machine called out

BP spin machine called out

In a news statement released yesterday, BP claims that the “…Gulf environment (is) returning to pre-spill conditions” although the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA Trustees) are still assessing the injury resulting from the largest offshore oil [...]

Another blow dealt to Rolling Hills landfill

Another blow dealt to Rolling Hills landfill

On Friday, March 13, Special Magistrate with the Office of Environmental Enforcement R. Todd Harris ruled against the management of the Rolling Hills Construction and Demolition Debris Landfill, located at 6990 Rolling Hills Road in Escambia County. The magistrate found that Rolling Hills [...]

Inweekly 2008: Trash Talk

Inweekly 2008: Trash Talk

In March 2008, a tug-of-war had begun as Escambia County, Pensacola and ECUA tackle consolidating solid waste and recycling services in the county. We have added curbside recyling - thanks to Leadership Pensacola Class of 2008 - but the county and ECUA are still trying to figure out what to do [...]

PS podcast: Hovind trial, Gifted students and Manning arrest

PS podcast:  Hovind trial, Gifted students and Manning arrest

This podcast contains the remainder of the Thursday, March 12 interviews on Pensacola Speaks. Attorney Chris Klotz offers insights into the Hovind trial. Debbie Dunkearly gives a report on the first Gifted Advisory Council meeting, and Sheriff David Morgan calls in on the arrest of Doug and Leah [...]

Water conservation plan needed for the state

Water conservation plan needed for the state

When I attended the AP preview press conference in Tallahassee, the need for the state legislature to pass a comprehensive water plan was pushed by Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. Why? "A child born today, by the time they get their driver's license, Florida will be at a 6 million [...]

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Fracking in Florida and Escambia County

Pensacola Speaks podcast: Fracking in Florida and Escambia County

On Friday, I interviewed Kim Ross of Rethink Energy Florida on fracking in Florida and Escambia County. She will be in Pensacola today for the "Florida and Fracking" workshop co-hosted by Earth Ethics Inc. and 350 Pensacola. Escambia County is the first stop because it's ripe for fracking, [...]

BP drops attempt to fire claim administrator

BP drops attempt to fire claim administrator

NOLA.com is reporting that BP said today that it will drop its bid to oust oil spill claims administrator Patrick Juneau "in recognition of improvement to counter fraud" within its multibillion-dollar settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.. For months, the British oil giant has [...]

Lion fish threat to fishing industry getting attention

Lion fish threat to fishing industry getting attention

Yesterday I interviewed Adam Putnam, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture. We did discuss growing problem of lion fish invading Florida waters "Lion fish virtually endemic in the Keys now and they're moving up (the state)," said Putnam. "They're up in the Panhandle now, but we're seeing them more [...]

Pensacola Speaks: Prison reform and Trauma intervention

Pensacola Speaks: Prison reform and Trauma intervention

On today's show we will Allison DeFoor and Deanna Smith. Dr. DeFoor is a seventh-generation Floridian who is an attorney and Episcopal priest working in prison ministry. A man of many interests, he is known as a conservationist, a businessman, Florida historian, former judge, and was Sheriff [...]

Judge upholds FDEP revocation of Rolling Hills permit

Judge upholds FDEP revocation of Rolling Hills permit

Today, Administrative Law Judge D.R. Alexander issued a Recommended Order in the Rolling Hills matter that upheld the Florida Department of Envinronmental Protection's (FDEP) request to revoke the Rolling Hills permit. The parties can file exceptions to the Recommended Order within 15 days and the [...]

IN 2010: How safe is our water

IN 2010: How safe is our water

By Sean Boone National Study Shines Light On Water Standards It wasn't so long ago when one might walk to their kitchen sink, place a glass under the faucet and pull the lever without a second thought of what might come out. Something as commonplace as turning the ignition of a car or [...]

Permaculture: A Hands-on Solution to Climate Change, March 10

Permaculture: A Hands-on Solution to Climate Change, March 10

Learn how permaculture may help us transition to a more healthy, resilient, and sustainable community in this talk led by Renee Perry and Tom Garner. What: Permaculture: A Hand-on Solution to Climate Change Where: Bayview Senior Resource Center, 2000 E. Lloyd St., Pensacola When: Tuesday, [...]

Underhill holds community meeting on District 2 projects

Underhill holds community meeting on District 2 projects

Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill and the Public Works Department will host a community meeting on Thursday, February 26, at 5:30 p.m., at the Lexington Terrace Community Center, 700 S. Old Corry Field Road. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss upcoming and current projects in the [...]

County gets an even larger grant for stormwater projects. Federal dollars are rolling into area

County gets an even larger grant for stormwater projects. Federal dollars are rolling into area

The Escambia Board of County Commissioners will be receiving a $5.4 million FEMA grant for flood control improvements. The plan, which was approved last night by the BCC, has the county contributing an additional $1.25 million. The work will cover Bristol Creek, Bristol Park, Ashbury Hills, Pin Oak [...]

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