The Point, Dec. 12, 2019: What The ‘Slurry Wall’ Signals For The Cabot-Koppers Superfund Cleanup


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The state isn’t scheduling a bear hunt for next year, but that part of the strategy for controlling the population of Florida’s largest land mammal will remain an option in future years. (WMFE)

• Cabot company officials yesterday showed off the new “slurry wall,” essentially a big bathtub in the company’s phrasing, that will help contain the remaining contamination on their side of the Cabot-Koppers Superfund site in Gainesville. (WUFT News)

• 0.3 percent: That’s the threshold of allowable THC in hemp under new federal guidelines, which could make it much more difficult to become the state’s next big crop than previously thought. (Florida Phoenix)

• Only 11 of the state’s 67 school districts want to arm teachers, and it doesn’t sound likely that the public will know how many teachers in those districts will have guns in schools under Florida’s guardian program. (News Service of Florida)

“I don’t know what the purpose of this is.” With a little less than a year left to go in her term, the Marion County Schools superintendent’s latest request got more pushback from the school board this week. (Ocala Star-Banner)

• Volusia County is gathering data about whether a school desegregation policy in effect “longer than the district’s current leadership can remember” has actually helped students there. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

• Most of the headlines about sunny day flooding have come from South Florida the past few years, but here’s one from St. Pete Beach. “It’s unfortunate, but we live on a sandbar,” the city’s mayor says. (WTSP)

• A group of Broward County 7th graders attended the latest hearing for the confessed Parkland shooter. (WLRN)

• State election officials have come up with the details of how they’ll check a convicted felon’s voter eligibility. (Politico)

• The Florida Senate is looking at strengthening the punishment for people who leave their dogs tethered outside during a hurricane or other natural disaster. (WFSU)

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