The U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency have agreed to a settlement worth about $4.5 million with the Jacksonville-based company that owns Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarkets over allegations that the grocery chains violated the Clean Air Act by failing to repair and maintain equipment that was leaking ozone-depleting substances.
During hearings in Tallahassee, the state’s major utilities asked the Florida Public Service Commission to lower their energy efficiency goals to near zero, and in JEA’s case zero, over the next decade.
The Department of Environmental Protection is looking for public feedback on its draft plan outlining how Florida will spend settlement funds from the Volkswagen emission scandal to reduce vehicle emissions statewide.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has pushed back the application deadline for local governments in areas impacted by Hurricane Irma to apply for grant funding for a voluntary home buyout program.
Ahead of hearings that will set energy efficiency standards for Florida’s utilities over the next decade, environmentalists and consumer advocates are raising questions about utility companies’ proposed goals, which are considerably less ambitious than in years past.