Friday, December 19, 2008

Florida environmental and wildlife news for the week ending 12-19-08


Questions remain about proposed biomass plan
By John Crawford
Tallahassee Democrat
Related: Biomass Q&A
A proposed biomass gasification plant in Tallahassee could create jobs and cleaner energy using some of the most advanced technology in the country, according to the company that wants to build it.

Florida panthers need new territory, federal officials say
By Craig Pittman
St. Pete Times
Florida's panther population has boomed so much over the past 15 years that it has run out of room in fast-growing southwest Florida, according to a new federal plan for saving the endangered species.

Why Is Miami Developer So Determined To Build? (includes audio)
By Greg Allen
A Miami home builder is seeking approval for a 7,000-house development in the midst of the biggest housing downturn since the Depression. And the new community would be built in an area that now is off-limits to big development, just three miles from the Everglades.

U.S. Sugar land deal is approved -- with an escape clause
By Curtis Morgan
Miami Herald
South Florida water managers approved the controversial purchase of U.S. Sugar land considered essential to Everglades restoration.

Without a Net: Top Ten Wildlife, Fish and Plants in Need of Endangered Species Act Protection
Endangered Species Coalition
This report includes the top ten species plus three honorable mentions that are in danger of extinction, but are not protected under the Endangered Species Act. Under the Bush administration, listings have greatly decreased—accounting for the lowest per year listing average of any president in the history of the Endangered Species Act. With the new leadership of President Obama, we have the opportunity to get the implementation of the listing program and the Endangered Species Act back on track.


The Audacity of Parkland
By Alan Farago
Parkland is a zoning application to move Miami-Dade's abused Urban Development Boundary closer to the Everglades.

Progress Energy to close coal plants after nukes come online
By Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Community Radio Tampa
Today Progress Energy CEO Jeff Lyash announced that his company has agreed to retire its oldest two coal-fire units at its Crystal River Energy Complex in Citrus County.

Hurdles remain for Florida-U.S. Sugar land deal
By Curtis Morgan and Mary Ellen Klas
Miami Herald
Skeptical lawmakers and a House committee review loom among upcoming hurdles for the state's controversial Big Sugar land buy.

Study: FPL plant slightly boosts health risks
By Jim Waymer
Florida Today
A $1 million study of air pollution in Port St. John found that the particles pumping out of Florida Power and Light's old oil and gas plant just slightly increase the risk of asthma attacks, asthma-related emergency room visits, premature death and other health problems.

Green groups divided over choice of Salazar to head Interior
By Kate Sheppard
Grist Magazine
Ken Salazar, Obama's choice to head the Department of the Interior, is provoking controversy in the environmental community.

FPL may have to refund $6 million to customers
By Julie Patel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The state is expected to decide today whether to require Florida Power & Light Co. to refund customers more than $6 million in costs related to a 2006 power outage blamed on an FPL contractor.

Call for halt to Progress Energy rate hike grows louder
By Asjylyn Loder
St. Pete Times
State Sen. Charlie Justice joined the chorus calling on Gov. Charlie Crist to freeze Progress Energy's nuclear rate increase, which is due to hit bills in January.

Stop the Turtle Brokers
Lakeland Ledger
Floridians have been trying to save sea turtles since the late University of Florida naturalist Archie Carr began to track their migratory patterns nearly half a century ago.

Parents Learn, Weigh-In On Biomass Plant (includes video)
Reported by Liza Park
WCTV News Tallahassee
Only a couple more days of school before Leon County kids get out for the holiday break... but many parents and other residents aren't taking a break from the controversy on a proposed biomass plant in Tallahassee.

Conservancy sues to block Naples golf development
By Eric Staats
Naples News
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida sued the federal government and a Naples-based developer Friday to try to stop plans for a golf course community in northern Collier County.

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