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Hurricane Irma and Sewage Spills

Florida’s sewage systems are already strained by the Florida coast’s rapidly growing population. City growth policies encourage housing and economic development without updating necessary infrastructure. In many of the state’s biggest coastal cities, sewer systems were ill-prepared to handle Irma’s heavy rains and high tides. 

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​Hurricane Irma and Sewage Spills:

As Florida recovers from Hurricane Irma and the Caribbean braces for yet another devastating storm, a new factsheet by Environment Florida finds that many of the sewer systems in the state’s biggest coastal cities were ill-prepared to handle Irma’s heavy rains and high tides. Over 9 million gallons of wastewater have spilled across Florida in the wake of Hurricane Irma, including raw sewage which contains pathogens that threaten both the environment and public health. 

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Chemical Contaminants Not Found Outside Jacksonville Superfund Sites

A few days before Hurricane Irma struck Florida, Hurricane Harvey unearthed chemicals and toxic contamination in Texas, adding a further threat to the health and safety of Americans. So the question for Florida has been whether, and to what extent, Irma did the same. To find out, Environment Florida and U.S. PIRG conducted tests in Jacksonville to determine if residents living near Superfund sites were at risk. Those tests do not show chemical spikes.

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Organizations and Concerned Residents Will Hold People’s Climate March to Support Tampa Going 100% Renewable

More than two dozen organizations in Tampa Bay will rally for the Tampa People’s Climate March to raise awareness about climate change and its regional impacts, and to provide avenues for people to take action. 

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Hundreds Gather in Tallahassee to Urge Ban on Fracking, Support for Solar Energy, and Clean Water Protection

Hundreds of Floridians gathered together in the state capitol to urge elected officials to pass a fracking ban, commit to increasing renewable energy sources, and protect our waterways.

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Environmental Groups File Clean Water Act Suit Against World's Second Largest Chicken Producer, Pilgrim's Pride, For Polluting the Suwannee River

Environment Florida announced today that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court in Jacksonville against the second-largest chicken producer in the world, Pilgrim’s Pride, for alleged ongoing violations of the federal Clean Water Act at its poultry processing plant in Live Oak, Florida. 

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Attack on Clean Water Rule

“President Trump's order turns the mission of the Environmental Protection Agency on its head: Instead of protecting the drinking water sources for 1 in 3 Americans including nearly 2 million people here in Florida, he is telling the EPA to stop protecting these waters from polluters. It defies common sense, sound science and the will of the American people." Jennifer Rubiello, Environment Florida

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It’s Time to Get the Lead out of School Drinking Water, Says Environment Florida

Our children need safe drinking water – especially at school where they go to learn and play each day. Unfortunately, lead is contaminating drinking water at schools and pre-schools across the country.