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Bill Nelson: EPA agrees to independent number crunching on water regs

Bill Nelson says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to an independent review of what it will cost local governments and businesses in Florida to comply with controversial new federal water-quality standards.

The EPA had estimated between $135 million and $206 million -- the Florida Department of Agriculture estimated the cost to the ag-industry alone at $1.6 billion.

In a letter to Nelson, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said that because the economic impact "is dominating the public discussion in Florida," EPA is now working with the National Academy of Sciences to review the numbers.