Environment

Airboat noise controversy blowing up

Many Alachua county residents are not happy with Senate Bill 958, which will override the airboat curfew in Alachua County, and the Alachua County commission is taking notice. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Chip Skambis reports, jurisdiction issues may be to blame. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/AirboatCORRECTION.mp3]

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Florida loses oldest cypress tree

Florida’s oldest cypress tree was known as “The Senator.”  The tree which survived more than 3,500 years burned to the ground on Monday in Longwood, Florida.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Dina Lewis has more. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/oldesttreedepth.mp3] Source:  Retired University of Professor of Botany Daniel Ward

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Today’s rain not enough to squelch wildfires

Today’s rainy weather may be a medicine but not the cure for the wildfire in Lafayette County. The L.A. Bennett Fire continues to control more than 450-acres. Florida Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Chelsea Parker says dry weather conditions are to blame. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Parker1Jan2012.mp3] Parker adds the mild winter conditions do provide a little help. …

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Panther deaths already reported for 2012 in Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has reported three Florida panther deaths already this year. Two were hit by vehicles and the third fatality was caused by a fight with another panther.   Last year 24 panther deaths were recorded, but FWC biologists also observed 11 radio-collared females giving birth to 32 panther …

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Citrus growers work to maintain “healthy” industry

In the last decade, the Florida Citrus industry has been crippled by disease. But as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Hannah Schrader reports, one of Florida’s largest growers is taking action right here in North Florida. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/SchraderFinalProject3.mp3] Worldwide, the Food and Drug Administration reports that orange prices surged $.20 within the last …

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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: [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/NuclearPoweredited.mp3]

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Nuclear energy topic of discussion at Civic Media Center tonight

A discussion on atomic energy and the proposed nuclear power plant in Levy County gets underway at the Civic Media Center tonight. The discussion comes three days before two public meetings in Levy county for citizens to voice their concerns about the two planned nuclear plants in Levy County before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  …

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Operation Migration hoping to get back in the air soon

A yearly north central Florida tradition is having trouble taking flight. Operation Migration, which leads a group of whooping cranes from Wisconsin to winter locations around Florida, is grounded in Alabama because of regulatory problems. Board of Directors member David Sakrison says if the dispute is not settled quickly, the …

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EPA to study dust in neighborhood near Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced plans to study household dust in residences near the Cabot-Koppers Superfund Site. Alachua County Environmental Protection Director, Chris Bird says the study was prompted by concerns contamination may be making its way into area houses. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/Bird1KoppersEPA.mp3] A pool of 400 households have been …

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