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Chemical reform: Progress, but not enough

June 8, 2016

"The bill passed by the Senate addresses some core weaknesses of our outdated chemical safety laws - but it further restricts states, narrowing their ability to protect people from chemical health threats,"

Big Cypress National Preserve. Photo credit: William Silver / Shutterstock

Preventing Oil Exploration in Big Cypress

February 25, 2016

Clean Water Action objects to Burnett Oil’s proposed plan to conduct a seismic survey for oil and gas in Big Cypress National Preserve.

FPL One Step Closer to Gas Plant Expansion

February 25, 2016

On January 5, 2016 the Florida Public Service Commission gave Florida Power and Light (FPL) the initial green light to build a $1.3 billion, 1,633 megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Okeechobee County.

Florida's 2016 Legislative Session - the Budget

February 25, 2016

Governor Scott and key state lawmakers have said that water is a budget priority. We'll hold them accountable to those statements.

Blue Heron taking flight over a lake. Photo credit: shaferaphoto / Shutterstock

Problems with the Statewide Water Policy

February 25, 2016

In January, Lawmakers and the Governor passed a major water policy law. Though the new law is flaunted by state lawmakers as a strong policy that will protect springs and dedicate money for water, there are several weaknesses.

Miami-Dade Commission changes stance, approves potential housing outside UDB

May 17, 2012

Four years ago, the Miami-Dade County Commission approved an unusually controversial plan for a commercial project on agricultural land near Kendall Drive and outside the Urban Development Boundary on one key condition: that the site not include any housing, which requires costly services and can lead to further pressure for development.

Back then, the proposal prompted numerous public hearings, hours and hours of heated debate, court challenges, a mayoral veto and override, and finally review by the governor and cabinet.