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An aerial view of Tampa Bay near Port Manatee in Palmetto, Florida Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Photo: Thomas O'Neill/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday saying that efforts to clean a reservoir that dumped tens of millions of gallons of potentially hazardous wastewater into Tampa Bay must be overseen by a federal judge to prevent ongoing mismanagement, AP reports.

The big picture: More than 215 million gallons of wastewater leaked into Tampa Bay this year, which some scientists say has contributed to algae blooms and exacerbating an outbreak of fish-killing toxic red tide along the Gulf coast.

Driving the news: The lawsuit — which names Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Department of Environmental Protection, among other state entities — claims that the state allowed dredge material to be stored in the reservoir.

  • Plaintiffs also say the leak, and those before it, violated federal laws, including the Clean Water Act.
  • State officials have declined to comment on the lawsuit, per AP.

What they're saying: “State and local regulators have failed the public for decades and continue to mismanage the waste generated by the phosphate industry,” said Annie Beaman, co-executive director of the Our Children’s Earth Foundation.

  • “We resort to federal court oversight when decisions by the political branches of the government endanger the public,” Beaman said.

Our thought bubble via Axios' Ben Montgomery: As Craig Pittman has reported again and again for the Tampa Bay Times, the state, instead of intervening when it could, violated state law and bent the rules by not closing the gypsum stacks and by not acting on warnings that the Piney Point owner was in financial trouble.

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Aug 27, 2021 - Axios Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay urged to conserve water to help COVID patients

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The increased demand for liquid oxygen has created competition between local hospitals that need it for COVID patients, and the rest of us who need it for clean drinking water.

What you can do: All water users in the Tampa Bay area are being asked to help conserve drinking water by cutting back on non-essentials, like washing cars or watering your lawn, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

State of play: COVID-19 patients are more likely to survive on high-flow nasal oxygen versus mechanical ventilation, and the former can use 10 times more liquid oxygen.

  • Hospitals also prefer liquid oxygen because it takes up less space and is easier to store than gas.

Yes, but: Liquid oxygen is also used by municipalities to purify water that’s pumped to our homes.

  • Keep an eye out: As municipal water services use other methods of purification, it might mean your water will taste and smell different for a while.
  • Tampa's water department was waiting on a late shipment Thursday, and considering using chlorine to treat its water if the liquid oxygen didn’t arrive.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.