JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Environment Florida called on the board of the Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) to reinstate its key rooftop solar program today, known as net metering. The utility abruptly slashed the program last month while adopting plans to further invest in large scale solar projects.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Environment Florida and the Sierra Club announced today that they have filed a proposed consent decree in federal court to settle their lawsuit against Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation for alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act at the company’s poultry processing plant in Live Oak, Florida.
Today more than 600 leaders from 43 states – including doctors and nurses, business owners, state and local officials, and watershed activists - urged U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to maintain the Clean Water Rule. Environment America Research & Policy Center submitted their comments in response to EPA’s proposal to dismantle the Rule, which restored federal protections to drinking water sources for 117 million Americans.
A few days before Hurricane Irma struck Florida, Hurricane Harvey unearthed chemicals and toxic contamination in Texas, adding a further threat to the health and safety of Americans. So the question for Florida has been whether, and to what extent, Irma did the same. To find out, Environment Florida and U.S. PIRG conducted tests in Jacksonville to determine if residents living near Superfund sites were at risk. Those tests do not show chemical spikes.
A map of potential toxic sites and a statement by Kara Cook-Schultz, Toxics Program Director for U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) Education Fund and Florida PIRG Education Fund, and Jennifer Rubiello, Environment Florida Research & Policy Center.