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Picture taken through a chain link fence showing the outside of what looks like an abandoned building in the middle of an open field. Trees and gravel in the distance.
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Two Jacksonville City council members held a public meeting Monday to discuss future plans for the old site of the Fairfax Wood Treaters, a former Superfund site.

The Omni Jacksonville Hotel.
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A federal committee focused on environmental justice is meeting in Jacksonville this week.

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Monday on First Coast Connect guest host Charles Griggs spoke with State Senator Audrey Gibson about her bill to provide $10 million in support for the former employees impacted by the contamination at the Fairfax Street Wood Treaters facility. Closed in 2010, the bill claims workers were subjected to high levels of chromated copper arsenate without the benefit of training or protective gear (01:22).     

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Ponte Vedra Beach was abuzz with convention-goers Wednesday at the American Beekeeping Federation’s annual conference.

Organizers say they’ve expanded as interest in beekeeping has risen in recent years. But as more people want to raise them, the world’s bee population is shrinking.


Georgia-Pacific

A new environmental education facility opened to the public in Palatka last month, inviting school groups to learn about wetlands and wildlife.

Some scientists who helped develop the center are questioning whether the manufacturer Georgia-Pacific had too much influence over its curriculum.


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Florida has joined a multi-state lawsuit against a new federal water-pollution rule.

Industry groups support the suit — which refers to the rule as a “significant overreach” by the Environmental Protection Agency.


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday blocked Obama administration rules aimed at limiting the hazardous air pollutants like mercury that emanate from the nation’s power plants, though the ruling’s effect on Jacksonville’s electric utility, JEA, appears to be limited.  At the same time, there are updates to efforts on a solar ballot initiative here in Florida, with four utilities and Florida’s attorney general working to block what they say is a potentially misleading measure. The group behind the initiative, Floridians for Solar Choice, filed legal briefs this week supporting the ballot measure, which it argues will remove barriers limiting ownership models of solar generation. We discuss this latest news affects energy here in Florida with Jay Worley, director of environmental programs at JEA, and Stephen Smith, Executive Director of Souther Alliance for Clean Energy and founding member of Floridians for Solar Choice coalition.


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Catherine Dillingham's septic tank is pooped out.

"It's old... I just had [it] pumped about two months ago. It was full."

But a full septic tank is not what qualified Dillingham’s home for a new sewer hookup - courtesy of the City of Jacksonville and JEA. It was a more natural and free-flowing feature.