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President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget have some people on edge, especially in Florida. People associated with the Environmental Defense Fund or EDF aired grievances Tuesday morning. The proposed budget goes into effect Oct. 1, but  people from the EDF say now is the time to act.

Court Clears Way For Challenge To Water Standards

Jul 12, 2017

Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, an appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures.

Activists are abandoning a federal challenge of Florida’s water quality standards after the Trump Administration refused to step in.

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St. Petersburg played host to a regional offshoot of the March for Science on Saturday morning. 

While President Donald Trump’s immigration restrictions and Supreme Court pick dominate the headlines, many Floridians are focused more intently on Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz is reportedly drafting a bill to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency.

With a series of legal challenges still hanging fire, environmental groups are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject Florida’s controversial water quality standards.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an update to its Agricultural Worker Protection Standard in late September.  The updates are intended to better protect against harmful pesticide exposure.  Farmworker advocates are celebrating the victory and what it will mean form the nation’s 2 million farmworkers, including nearly 300,000 in Florida.

Seventeen states, including Florida, are asking a federal judge to review a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency move to force more cuts in carbon emissions from power plants.

The petition, filed Tuesday in a federal appeals court in Washington, charges the EPA with illegally invalidating the states' air quality protection plans.

EPA sets national air standards and identifies pollutants that pose public health dangers. States must implement plans to comply with these standards.

In southwest Florida, county officials are fighting the state over a new oil drilling process that's known by many different names: acidification, acidizing, acid stimulation and acid fracking.

Collier County has charged that state regulators have been lax in their oversight of the drilling, jeopardizing public health and the environment.

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Should pollution controls only apply to waters big enough to fit a boat?

The Obama administration doesn't think so and it has set out to close loopholes in the clean water act.

The White House is proposing new guidelines that Field Associate for Environment Florida, Jennifer Rubiello says will protect not only the Hillsborough and the St. Johns River, but also creeks, streams and tributaries that flow into larger bodies of water.

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USF and its Patel College of Global Sustainability have made water one of their priorities through research into such efforts as turning wastewater into a clean, usable product or the rapid detection of contaminants.

Now that work is getting the attention of the federal government, which in turn could lead to a new stream of revenue for the University.

This week's University Beat report on WUSF Public Media takes you along as Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator of water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, tours laboratories at USF’s Tampa and Lakeland campuses to see the research firsthand.

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Work by USF researchers into what Nancy Stoner calls "real-world problems" -- like detecting contaminated water supplies and turning wastewater into useable clean water and energy -- brought the Environmental Protection Agency official to the University Wednesday.

Stoner, the EPA's Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, visited the Patel College of Global Sustainability and a trio of labs at the Tampa and Lakeland campuses.