Environmental activists across Florida have been waiting more than two years for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to land a serious body blow against the state's enforcement branch. The question was whether Herschel Vinyard's place at the top of Florida's Department of Environmental Protecti ... More >>
When you crack open a cold one, or have it served to you in a frosted glass, you're expecting to drink beer, right? But what about heavy metals? No we're not talking about Iron Maiden, but arsenic. Arsenic, people! A recent report claims that high levels of arsenic has been found in over 300 filte ... More >>
A lot of people have an intense fear of bees. Whether you were stung as a child or just traumatized from young Macaulay Culkin's death in My Girl, the buzzing little insect has picked up a bad rep. And yet, the prolific pollinators are integral to our food supply. Without bees, most of the plants w ... More >>
The environment hasn't been a high priority for legislators at any level since Al Gore was wearing earth tones, but what's happening in Florida under Rick Scott is downright scary. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is in serious fox-guarding-henhouse mode. Its current secretary ... More >>
Mike Woika sounded dismayed, perplexed, and just a tad angry as he worked his way through our post from last week about Boca Raton's water supply and a recent Notice of Violation handed down by the Palm Beach County Health Department.See also-Boca Raton Utility Order to "Immediately" Fix Water ... More >>
See also "EPA Wants to Know if DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard Lied on His Résumé" and "PEER Blasts Herschel Vinyard for Trying to Water Down Pollution Permit Process" After nearly four months of waiting, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection finally responded to a ... More >>
Jeff Littlejohn, the No. 2 man at Florida's Department of Environmental Protection, is in violation of conflict-of-interest clauses contained within the federal Clean Water Act, according to a complaint filed with the Environmental Protection Agency.The complaint, submitted by Public Employees ... More >>
See also "DEP Brass Jeff Littlejohn's Parents Own Lobbying Firm With Questionable Clientele" and "EPA Wants to Know if Herschel Vinyard Lied on His Resume"Earlier this week, we told you how Jeff Littlejohn, deputy secretary of regulatory programs at the Department of Environmental Protection, is the ... More >>
Gov. Rick Scott appears on track to fulfill his vision of making the Florida Department of Environmental Protection a customer-service oriented rubber stamp that allows industry to dump on the environment with little worry.In 2011, there was a 28 percent drop in enforcement ... More >>
A million-dollar scheme in Palm Beach involving bogus government toilet-paper regulation is slowly... unraveling.Three men pleaded guilty earlier this month to conspiracy charged linked to their involvement with FBK Products LLC, which sold a septic tank treatment they claimed helped break down "sec ... More >>
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether Herschel Vinyard, secretary of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection, fabricated part of his resume and has asked Vinyard's counsel to clarify various discrepancies surrounding his employment history.It seems ... More >>
It didn't take long for the business community to come running to the defense of Herschel Vinyard.Free Market Florida, a self-described "unapologetic advocate for the principles of the free market," on Thursday issued a press release saying that the Environmental Protection Agency sho ... More >>
While it's not clear if a Republican can beat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in November, the fight for the Republican nomination has no shortage of interesting rhetorical maneuverings.The most recent spat between George LeMieux and Rep. Connie Mack started over a web ad the LeMieux campaign released t ... More >>
Six months ago, Bill Koch's spokesman told us the Palm Beach billionaire's political allegiances were "hard to pin down." Unlike Tea Party sugar daddies Charles and David Koch, "Wild Bill" was the Koch brother who supported more traditional Republican candidates and liked to fly under the radar. ... More >>
Copper in Coral Springs. Lead in Deerfield. Styrene in Dania Beach. These are just a few of the cases that turn up with a quick search of the Environmental Protection Agency's new Toxic Release Inventory database.The database, consisting of toxic disposals from 2010, allows users to search by zip ... More >>
It may sound like some truly bad straight-to-DVD movie, but Scientific American is reporting the discovery of zombie honeybees in Northern California, which may provide a clue in the search behind colony collapse disorder.A research article recently published in Plos One, a peer-reviewed science ... More >>
Question: How much money can three Palm Beach County scam artists make by convincing old people there are new government regulations that ban traditional toilet paper?Answer: Around $1 million, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.Mary Moore, 54, Joseph Nouerand, 52, and Christopher Lincoln, 4 ... More >>
The Everglades is too far gone for anyone to let it take its natural course. South Florida's entire inland economy depends on a water system that stays around the same level all year long, avoids flooding communities (cough, Weston, cough) that are stupidly built in the natural flow of water from ... More >>
hundredyearstorm.comThis is where poo-poo is supposed to go.If your tap water has been tasting a little poopy lately, that's a problem.The Broward County Health Department sent out a drinking water warning yesterday, saying their water system "detected fecal indicators" in one of the wells in Sun ... More >>
Vanishing of the Bees - Trailer from Bee The Change on Vimeo. Honey, if you haven't heard about the disappearing bees, you are in for a shocker! Vanishing of the Bees is a film currently screening across the country (this Sunday in Palm Beach Gardens) about the massive disappearance of bees from hi ... More >>
Ann Coulter says crazy things. She does it all the time, and most of us are used to it. But there's crazy, see, and then there's Crazy -- the kind of blithely lethal insanity that'd make you scream and run if it weren't proffered by a pretty, grinning, blond lady on The O'Reilly Factor. And Ann's ... More >>
For the past week, Sen. George LeMieux has been obsessed with skimmers. So obsessed that he's found one to match his salmon tie, as you can see above. Recently, Politifact.com busted out its bullshit detector and put LeMieux's claims to the test.
Flickr: Pan-African News WireThe blame game started about a second after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon opened a geyser of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and it's too late to stop the game now. So we may as well try to at least separate fact from fiction, starting with the POTUS.With that in ... More >>
Flickr: anslataadamsMaybe managing the massive, notoriously incestuous North Broward Hospital District wasn't enough of a challenge for Alan Levine. He left that post in December 2007 to become secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. In a little more than two years, he's ha ... More >>
Flickr: Loz FlowersSugar Cane Atrazine = BFF?Farmers equate saying goodbye to atrazine to depleting Floridian agriculture. But a growing number of scientists believe atrazine, an herbicide widely used to remove weeds and promote the growth of cash-crop sugar cane, may cause cancer and birth def ... More >>
Walls and walls of yuck.On Bizarre Foods, host Andrew Zimmern travels the world eating eyeballs, testicles, bugs, and rotted meat. But the show isn't just Fear Factor with a balder, plumper version of Joe Rogan. The program is supposed to illustrate the difference in foodways between us and other ... More >>
Flickr: parhessiastesSugar Cane: Harmless plant or serious accomplice?These years have not been kind to the proverbial Floridian wallet: If Madoff didn't take your money, then Rothstein probably did, and good luck selling that 4-bedroom for more than the price of a Lego pirate ship. Now, Florida' ... More >>
FPL's Riviera plant: Looks great from a distanceEnvironmental activists and some Riviera Beach residents are fed up with living with "one of the dirtiest power plants in the entire state of Florida," according to a news release from the Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition. The Coalition, a ... More >>
I just happened on this classic written by Steve Almond in 1994 about South Florida's hard-driven, complicated, and sometimes brutal mogul. Uh, it jumps. Citizen Wayne - The Unauthorized Biography A college dropout and the product of a broken home, H. Wayne Huizenga rose ... More >>
As the containers and costs mount, in South Florida and beyond, plastic is played out
No amount of sharpening can save this dull blade.
Breathe easy, Simpsons fans. The movie is eeeexcellent.
Thanks to the Delray-Boynton pipe, there's a nitrate-stoked party down there.
Something nasty was in an illegal dumpsite that a developer covered over. Just ask the neighbors.
When it comes to the huge biotech project, the Sentinel's editorial license should be revoked
Hemmed in, polluted, under police guard, the New River is still as untamed as it gets in Fort Lauderdale
Sure, Hollywood's sewage plan is dirty. It pollutes the Everglades too.
Uncle Ken Wants You!
Another health threat. Another cover-up. More incompetence. Welcome back to Pompano.
Florida's first law to protect farm workers from pesticides died a quiet death, but now it's back
Magazine mogul David Pecker rates public agencies' response to the Boca debacle
The stalled reconstruction of Deerfield Middle School has littered the campus with a carcinogen. So why are students still there?
A million gallons of petroleum has leaked into the environment at Port Everglades. So what's being done about it? Nothing.
For 24 years toxic soot from the Wingate dump rained down on Leola McCoy and her neighbors. She calls it environmental racism.
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