Category Archives: Environmental Law

Sometimes companies break the regulations set by the EPA and it can have dire consequences. Here are stories from our environmental lawyers to explain.

How Long Does It Take To Clean An Environmental Disaster Like an Oil Spill?

Not long ago we told you about the controversy surrounding the Florida Power & Light company (FPL) and a plume of saltwater laced with radioactive tritium moving toward the Biscayne aquifer. Well, there has been a development in the case, and every resident of Coral Gables needs to be informed of this new twist. How Long Does It Take To Clean An Environmental Disaster? The environmental effects of canals constructed to contain used cooling water from the Turkey Point nuclear reactor have been a concern for residents of our community since the canals were constructed in the 1970s. Monitoring wells meant to gauge the spread of super salty water from the canals fell out of usage, and this lapse has been a contributing factor to the recent discovery of a plume of salt water that could threaten our drinking water. However, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has taken…
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Could Some Of The BP Water Damage Be Reversed?

It was just over six years ago when disaster struck the Gulf of Mexico. The Deepwater Horizons oil rig erupted into a fireball that killed 11 people and dumped millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf for three months. Tourism was shot, beaches were ruined by tar, and the Gulf’s wildlife continues to suffer. The company that owned the oil rig—BP—was forced to pay $20.8 billion to the states surrounding the Gulf, but will that money help repair the damages caused by the largest oil spill in US history? Could Some Of The BP Water Damage Be Reversed? For now, communities all over the Gulf States have plans to use the BP settlement money to revitalize their tourism industries, and clean their beaches, but there remains very little they can do to help clean the remnants of oil from the water itself. This has left wildlife at risk from…
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Nuclear Runoff In Biscayne Bay? What Is The Government Doing About This Problem?

The University of Miami has found something that could affect everyone living in Coral Gables and the surrounding area. A spike in the radioactive element called tritium could indicate a problem that the Florida Power & Light company has ignored for years, but what do Floridians need to know about this contamination? Is There Nuclear Runoff In Biscayne Bay? The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Tropical Audubon Society have warned FPL that it needs to clean up its act or they are taking the power company to court. This in response to a U of M study released March 7 indicating that Biscayne Bay has 215 times the normal amount of radioactive tritium in its surface water. FPL spokesperson Rob Gould says that this is still 78 percent lower than the EPA standard for drinking water, but the environmental groups say that the spike is proof that the…
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What Will Florida Do With The BP Settlement Money?

Oil from the BP disaster has killed pelicans, dolphins, sea turtles, fish and oysters. The spill has caused deformities in killifish, crabs and shrimp. Cleanup workers have developed wheezing and coughing, and balls of tar are still being found all over the Gulf Coast. These are just a few of the problems caused by the deadly explosion at the Deepwater Horizons rig, and some are questioning if the $18.7 million settlement will really help fix these problems. What Will The Settlement Money Be Used For? Parts of Florida’s share of the gigantic BP settlement are already allocated. Restoration projects to start a ferry service, create a boardwalk, build a boat ramp and erect solar-powered lights on a fishing pier have been approved. They hope to restore tourist access and traffic, but very little has been said about other projects. “We have serious concerns about how much of this money is…
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