The new Florida senator will try to fight controversial water pollution standards that critics contend could cost the state billions -- and environmentalists say could cut pollution.
Rubio's office forwarded a Buzz blog posting that says the Republican is planning to insert a measure in an upcoming budget resolution to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from carrying out the water standard rules.
The rules have already been postponed once: The EPA had planned to impose them last Oct. 15, but agreed to push them back to review a gush of public comments, Sen. Bill Nelson said at the time. Nelson had written EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson urging a postponement.
Nelson said at the time he supported tougher standards but was concerned by the potential costs and validity of the science.
The proposed rules, which would place strict numeric limits on nitrogen and phosphorus in Florida lakes, rivers and streams, have been opposed by a coalition of water management agencies, utilities, industry, business and farming groups. Environmentalists say they'd reduce the pollutants that foul Florida water bodies.