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U.S. Forest Service may be sued over Kirkpatrick Dam

Three well-known environmental groups have announced plans to sue the U.S. Forest Service if the agency doesn’t move forward with removing the 44 year old Kirkpatrick Dam.  Earth Justice, Florida Wildlife Federation and the Florida Defenders of the Environment representatives filed the intention to sue documents in Tallahassee yesterday.  The …

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Sea Turtle Conservancy holds annual conference in Gainesville

Marine researchers and sea turtle enthusiasts are converging in Gainesville for the 15th Annual Florida Marine Turtle Permit Holder Conference. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Tondrea Hadley spoke with Policy Coordinator for The Sea Turtle Conservancy, Gary Appelson about what people can expect from the conference and the current conditions of the …

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State senator doubts proposed Levy County nuclear power plants will ever be built

Progress Energy’s proposed nuclear power plant in Levy County may not actually get built….that’s according to Republican Senator Mike Fasano.  Fasano recently led an unsuccessful attempt in the Florida Florida’s to repeal the entire advance nuclear cost recovery statute.  That law allows public utilities to bill customers in advance of the actual …

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UF expert: wary of nuclear reactor permits

Georgia will have two new nuclear reactors helping to power its grid in the coming years after the Nuclear Regulatory Comission approved their construction. The move concerns some in the wake of the disaster at Fukushima in Japan less than a year ago. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/02/Nuclear-Reax-Approval-Wrap.mp3|titles=Nuclear Reax Approval Wrap]

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Smoke not a significant factor in Hawthorne Road fire

Fire officials are keeping a watchful eye on a fire sparked yesterday on Hawthorne Road.  WUFT-FM’s Lauren Rautenkranz says there is little to do except let it burn out. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/02/laurenvoicer.mp3] Alachua County Fire Rescue plans to try extinguishing the fire if it shrinks by nightfall, otherwise it may take a …

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Boardwalk fire still smoldering

Although the Boardwalk fire in Paynes Prairie is under control, WUFT-FM’s Lisa Greenberg says fire officials will be present until the fire is completely out. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/02/PAYNESPRAIRIEWRAP.mp3]

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Whooping cranes ground themselves

The migrating whooping cranes will no longer be reaching their original destination.  As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Sanika Dange reports, some recent storms may be to blame. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/SDwhoopingcranewrap.mp3]

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