News Release | Environment Florida

Newly-signed tollway law threatens our kids’ respiratory health

We can expect Floridians’ health and air quality to get worse in the near future after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the Transportation Corridors bill into law today. The bill, (SB 7068), commits billions of tax dollars to build three new tollways.

News Release | Environment Florida

The Transportation Corridors Bills

The Transportation Corridors bills would commit the state to spending billions of dollars to build three new tollways that would lead to more congestion, more air pollution, and would take money away from more pressing transportation needs, all in the name of rural economic development. But building new roads is not an effective economic development strategy in the 21st Century. Instead of boosting the economy, these roads will destroy communities, encourage sprawl, and increase regional inequities.

This legislation would result in the biggest expansion of the state highway network since the mid-1950s and is a massive step in the wrong direction for Florida.

News Release | Environment Florida

Endangering marine ecosystems, U.S. government nears authorization of seismic blasting in Atlantic

Seismic testing for oil and gas drilling off of the United States’ Atlantic coast is just one step away after the Trump administration passed another hurdle to that process today.

News Release | For Immediate Release

St. Pete committee takes first step towards reducing plastic straws and foam

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Today, a key St. Petersburg city council committee took the first step towards the reduction of single-use plastic straws and expanded polystyrene (also known as Styrofoam).

News Release | Environment Florida

Over 100 Florida local elected officials sign on in support of statewide fracking ban

St. Petersburg, FL —  To date, more than 100 local elected officials from across Florida have signed onto a letter calling on the State Legislature to pass a statewide ban on fracking in the upcoming session.

News Release | Environment Florida Research & Policy Center

Trump administration’s ‘Dirty Power Plan’ will increase air pollution and climate risk in Florida

Tampa, FL -- Today, the Trump administration announced its Dirty Power Plan, which will increase air pollution and severe climate impacts across the nation, threatening the health of millions of Americans. The citizens of Florida and all Americans deserve better.

News Release | Environment Florida

Worst Polluters of the St. Johns River

Jacksonville, Fla.– Industrial facilities dumped excessive pollution into Florida’s waterways 270 times over 21 months, the tenth worst total in the nation, according to a new report by Environment Florida Research & Policy Center. However, the facilities rarely faced penalties for this pollution. Environment Florida is releasing its Troubled Waters report as the federal government tries to weaken clean water protections and slash enforcement funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the states.

News Release | Environment Florida Research & Policy Center

Report: Tampa will need 400% more public charging stations by 2030

Tampa, FL – The number of electric vehicles (EVs) in Tampa city limits is projected to increase to 15,000 by 2030, according to a new report from Environment Florida Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group. But these vehicles won’t have enough places to recharge their batteries unless the city adds 400% more new charging stations in publicly accessible locations. The new report, “Plugging In: Readying America’s Cities for the Arrival of Electric Vehicles,” includes local and state data for Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville about the projected number of electric cars expected on the road in coming years, and how cities can accommodate these new EVs with enough places to park and recharge.

News Release | Environment Florida Research & Policy Center

Offshore drilling proposal threatens Florida’s coasts and marine wildlife

Bidding for offshore oil and gas leases could begin as early as 2019 in almost all federal waters, including the Gulf of Mexico under a new Trump Administration proposal. Environment Florida denounced the plan, which would open vast new areas of the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf to drilling.   

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