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Articles relating to "Environment":

Lawsuit focuses on environmental doc stamp money (12/7/2016)
Environmental groups that disagree with the way Fla. lawmakers spent voter-approved doc-stamp money for land conservation have agreed to combine two lawsuits.

Energy programs ripe for predatory contractor abuse (12/5/2016)
Consumer groups say a program financed through tax bills to make homes energy efficient has too little oversight and will likely attract predatory contractors.

State rejects plan to drill for oil in Everglades near Miramar (11/22/2016)
DEP denied a proposal for an exploratory well in 5 acres of Everglades near Miramar because the firm failed to show there was enough oil to justify the project.

Report: Future Fla. water woes unless things change (11/16/2016)
If Fla. adds 15 million residents by 2070 as projected, it could increase water demand by more than 50% and see more than 1/3 of the state paved over.

Fla. has new rules for reporting pollution (11/14/2016)
Under emergency rules, the owner of a Fla. business must report pollution “contamination” within 24 hours – but specific regulations could change Dec. 25 and again after the 2017 Florida Legislature considers the issue.

Fla. project woos buyers with lower energy bills (10/20/2016)
It’s not just the environment – it’s also home sales: A Fla. LEED-Platinum community will offer 160 green homes that start at $270K and consume 40% less energy.

Primary election: Solar amendment has wide support (8/29/2016)
Haven’t voted yet? It’s today. Go. Analysts say Amendment 4, which appears on the ballot and supports solar energy tax breaks for businesses, has wide support and no organized opposition.

Legal challenges mount over new Fla. water standards (8/25/2016)
The state changed water quality standards, but the Seminole Tribe of Florida, city of Miami and paper-mill industry are each challenging those new standards.

State panel backs controversial water standards (7/27/2016)
Fla.’s environmental commission voted 3-2 to support a higher amount of regulated chemicals in the state’s waterways. It now goes to a federal agency for approval.

Green energy boost: FHA to back some PACE mortgages (7/20/2016)
FHA says it will now approve purchase and refinance mortgage applications in states that treat clean-energy program (PACE) funding as a special assessment that homeowners pay like property taxes.

Study: Lake Okeechobee discharges can impact home values (4/1/2015)
Florida Realtors research: Polluted water discharged into Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers has a $1B potential impact on nearby counties’ property values.