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Category Archives: Environment
By Courtney McKenna, David Corrado and Nickelle Smith on November 18th, 2013 | Last updated: November 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm
Beazer East, Inc., a wood treatment company responsible for potentially-cancerous soil contamination in a neighborhood of the Gainesville area, began soil remediation at their pilot property at 436 NW 30th Ave. on Monday.
By Jennifer Tintner on November 15th, 2013 | Last updated: November 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm
A unanimous vote by the Hernando County Commission approved plans for Hernando County Utilities to redesign plans to expand current wastewater treatment plant. The redesign will cost about $300,000, said Susan Goebel-Canning, the director of environmental services.
By Rebecca Kopelman on November 14th, 2013 | Last updated: November 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm
Gainesville Regional Utilities is facing lower fines for two sewage spills over the summer. Compared to a 140,000-gallon spill in 2005 that resulted in a $10,000 fine, GRU is being fined $7,750 for one sewage spill of nearly 1 million gallons and another of 58,000 gallons.
By Paul D. Mate on November 13th, 2013 | Last updated: November 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm
Efforts to conserve the atala, a near-endangered butterfly species, has led to an ongoing project conducted at the Florida Museum of Natural History to study and conserve its habitat.
By Kathryn Allaben on November 6th, 2013 | Last updated: November 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm
As Florida’s No. 1 source of water continues to be depleted because of overuse, recently proposed legislation may offer permanent solutions to Florida’s water needs.
By Jaime Sloane on November 6th, 2013 | Last updated: November 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm
The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has given a $25,000 grant to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a three-year restoration project in the Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area.
By Meghan Pryce on November 5th, 2013 | Last updated: November 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm
(Image credit: Sarah Ross / Flickr)
Alachua County uses its waste vegetable oil to fuel diesel-powered trucks, saving the county up to $2 on a gallon of fuel.
By Erikka Lieberman on November 5th, 2013 | Last updated: November 11, 2013 at 9:43 am
A Stephen Foster resident said that by digging up contaminated soil caused by the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site, it could only make the pollution worse.
By Colette DuChanois on November 1st, 2013 | Last updated: November 1, 2013 at 11:41 am
A wildlife biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Research Center in Gainesville is conducting testing using a special trap he designed to capture pythons in Florida. The five pythons being used in the study were found wild in the Everglades.
By Jennifer Tintner on October 31st, 2013 | Last updated: October 31, 2013 at 4:51 pm
A biomass plant is causing more issues between GREC and the city commission as the commission negotiates to buy the plant.