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01/19/2021 | Episode 30 | 32:13

Welcome to Florida: Sludge and bugs

Welcome to Florida: Sludge and bugs

Discussions on a a toxic sludge disposal facility in Lakeland, and a conversation with "urban entomologist" Dr. Roberto M. Pereira.

Craig Pittman and Chadd Scott begin by discussing Craig’s latest story for the Florida Phoenix, which focuses on a toxic sludge disposal facility in Lakeland, aptly called the BS Ranch, that has neighbors upset and is looking to renew its permit to handle 5,000 tons of sludge PER DAY! From there, Dr. Roberto M. Pereira joins us. He specializes in urban entomology, conducting research on different aspects of the biology and control of cockroaches, ants, bed bugs, flies, mosquitoes and other insects that live in and around houses and other human structures. He earned a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Florida.

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Award-winning author of Oh, Florida!: How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, The Scent of Scandal, Cat Tale and Manatee Insanity, and co-author of Paving Paradise. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus.” Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. His next book will be titled The State You’re In.

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