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Cleanup Of Soil Contaminants In Stephen Foster Neighborhood Began Monday

By , and 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.

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Hernando County Approves Redesign of Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Plans

By 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.

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GRU To Pay $7,750 For Spilling Nearly One Million Gallons of Sewage

By 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.

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Near-Endangered Butterfly Reintroduced At Florida Museum Of Natural History

By 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.

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Is There A Way To Stop Floridan Aquifer Depletion?

By 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.

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Disney Conservation Funds Central Florida Restoration Project

By 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.

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Alachua County Fuels Biodiesel Trucks With Recycled Waste Vegetable Oil

By 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.

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Stephen Foster Resident Speaks Out Against the Remediation Plan

By 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.

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Gainesville Researcher’s Python Trap Could Be Used In The Everglades

By 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.

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GREC, Gainesville Can’t Reach Biomass Plant Purchase Agreement

By 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.

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