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Scott signs water pollution bill, but battle may still rage

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill today that paves the way for Florida to reject federal water pollution rules and set individual standards for each water body.

"The future of our state's environment and economy depend on the health of our water bodies, and the state's rules will ensure the protection of both," said a press release from Scott's office.

The move may only fuel the years-long battle between at least a dozen stakeholders, including environmental groups and large businesses and farmers that pollute. At issue is the level of "numeric nutrients" in the water, caused by runnoff from farms and yards.  

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office, which led a lawsuit against the federal government opposing the standard, also weighed in.

"Florida has always had the best expertise and resources to determine how to protect our waters," she said in a press release.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency must approve the state standard before it can be implemented. For more, click here.

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Alex Deus

Oh god this is frightening!

John Totten

I guess they'll have to learn it again!
Just because Florida and Federal both start with 'F's doesn't mean the state is equal to the Feds in Regulations.
WHEN, not if, the Feds take this to court, once again the Florida Legislature AND Governor will be found guilty of Malfeasance in Office.

Cernan Sixtyeight

I guess the GOP Governor believes people can do anything they want without the government stopping them (except for using contraception, that is).

Peter Maier

How much more prove do people need to acknowledge that the Clean Water Act (CWA) was a failure. Not because of politics, but because EPA used an essential water pollution test incorrectly and as one of its many other negative consequences ignored 60% of the pollution in sewage Congress intended to treat. Among this waste ignored was and still is, all the nitrogenous (urine and protein) waste, while this waste besides exerting an oxygen demand (just like fecal waste) also is a fertilizer for algae, thus contributes to red tides and dead zones. (www.petermaier.net)
Even tough all this can be easily verified, nobody seems to be able or care, especially not the environmentalists and the media. Without correcting this test we will keep spinning our wheels and keep wasting public money on programs that are doomed to fail.

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