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Federal judge signs agreement for $1.6 billion in Miami-Dade sewer repairs - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com

2014-04-16 19:35:31 admin

Federal judge signs agreement for $1.6 billion in Miami-Dade sewer repairs – Miami-Dade – MiamiHerald.com.

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Years in the making, a legal agreement is finally in place requiring Miami-Dade County to make $1.6 billion in repairs over the next 15 years to its decaying sewer system.

A Miami federal judge has signed the consent decree between the county, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which was in the works for more than two years, though federal and state complaints date further back. The regulators accused Miami-Dade of violating pollution laws, including the Clean Water Act, by letting untreated sewage spill from its rupturing pipes and crumbling pump stations.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/15/4061660/federal-judge-signs-agreement.html#storylink=cpy

 


April 17- 19th at Jimmy Hula's

2014-04-16 19:18:09 admin

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Coral Camp is Back

2014-04-16 18:47:52 admin

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OP-ED: Time for the Southeast to Act on Climate this Earth Day

2014-04-16 18:35:01 admin

By Heather McTeer Toney, Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Southeast will join the rest of the nation and countries across the world in celebrating Earth Day on April 22. The entire month of April is a great time to reflect on the strides we have made to reduce pollution over the last 44 years, and assess current environmental conditions while evaluating our personal responsibility to a cleaner environment.

This year’s theme, “Act on Climate,” serves to remind us that we—individually and collectively—have the power to reverse the damaging effects of climate change. Climate change is a serious threat to the health and welfare of American families—particularly in the Southeast, which has experienced more billion dollar weather and climate-related disasters than any other region.

The eight states that make up the Southeastern region are home to 20 percent of the U.S. population. We collectively generate 24 percent of the nation’s electricity and electricity-related carbon dioxide emissions. We also use more fuel and drive more miles than any other region.  

Many families, communities, businesses, and states are already taking action to reduce carbon pollution and protect themselves and their property from the risks caused by climate change. You may be wondering: what can I do?

Cutting carbon pollution can be simple and cost effective. For example, you could save almost $60 each year in energy costs if you were to replace the five most frequently used lights in your home with ENERGY STAR LED lights. If every household in the Southeast did this, it would cut the greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual emissions from nearly 1 million cars per year!

There are a number of resources that can make the switch to ENERGY STAR LED lights even more affordable. Check out the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (www.dsireusa.org), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, and the ENERGY STAR Rebate and Special Deals Finder (http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=rebate.rebate_locator).

One of the most powerful things you can do is educate yourself about climate change and talk to your friends and neighbors about the challenge we face. Visit www.epa.gov/earthday during the month of April to learn easy ways to cut carbon pollution in your daily life.

Preparing for the impacts of climate change can be as easy as just making yourself aware of potential changes in weather that scientists are expecting for your area. Is the drainage around your home prepared for more frequent, heavier downpours? Is your yard resilient to drier, hotter summers? Knowing the changes in climate can help you plan for the future, and save you time and money.

During April, my staff and I will participate in events throughout the region focused on educating the public about climate change. From preschools to colleges, to homes and businesses, we will be reaching out with ways to help you cut your carbon footprint and encourage climate preparedness planning.

For more information on ways you can help, and to find out where we will be, connect with EPA Region 4 on Facebook (www.facebook.com/eparegion4) and on Twitter @EPASoutheast.

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

Heather McTeer Toney was appointed by President Barack Obama as Regional Administrator for EPA’s Southeast Region in January 2014. EPA’s Southeast Region covers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and 6 Tribes.

 


Why Choose an Earth-friendly Diet?

2014-04-08 16:33:43 admin

The Center for Biological Diversity's Take Extinction Off Your Plate Project

In a world with more than 7 billion people — and growing — the toll on wildlife is impossible to ignore. Animals and plants are being driven to extinction at unprecedented rates by habitat loss, pollution and climate change. Most scientists believe we’re in the sixth mass planetary extinction crisis and the first one caused by homo sapiens through our species’ rampant population growth and voracious consumption habits. One of the biggest threats to other forms of life, and to the planet’s natural systems, comes from meat production. (Learn more about the impact of meat production on the environment.)

By choosing to incorporate more plant-based meals for you and your family, you can take extinction off your plate. When you reduce your meat consumption, you’ll reduce your environmental footprint in a significant way. We’re in this together — and together we can shrink the demand for meat before it’s too late for wildlife.

Cutting just one-third of the meat from your diet can save as much as 340,667 gallons of water, more than 4,000 square feet of land, and the greenhouse gas equivalent of driving 2,700 fewer miles per year.

Learn more and take the pledge for an Earth-friendly diet.