Speakers address concerns over proposed nuclear power plant in Levy County


A proposed Progress Energy nuclear power plant in Levy County continues to cause controversy. The Civic Media Center in Gainesville hosted two speakers last night who advocated against the plant, coming just days before citizens have the opportunity to voice their concerns before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:


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Large-scale alligator farming affects Florida tanneries and small businesses

Alligator farming has become a critical source of skins for the leather industry. The skins are more pristine and can be raised in the most optimal conditions and many more of them can be supplied. Alligator farming has also played a role in conservation efforts for the species. But a consequence of the advent of farming has been an oversupply of skins that has made their value plummet. This oversupply has mainly come from large-scale industrial farms that can slaughter thousands of animals every week and have chomped smaller operations out of business.