EPA Retracts Overlapping Water Rules for Florida

By  //  April 8, 2014

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Below is a press release from the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

The Florida Chamber david hart-180TALLAHASSEE, FL (April 3, 2014) – To ensure Florida remains a leader in protecting the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken steps to withdraw its overlapping water rules in favor of Florida’s scientifically-backed numeric nutrient criteria (NNC), an action long-supported by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

“Florida’s tough, scientifically-backed water regulations will guard our state’s waterways from excess nitrogen and phosphorous pollution,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber. “The withdrawal of the EPAs overlapping rules will pave the way for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to fully implement their NNC water quality programs and provide for more protection of Florida’s waters.”

The EPA announced earlier this week that it is proposing to withdraw its Florida-specific water rules now that the EPA has approved Florida’s NNC standards.

The Florida Chamber applauds this recent action and looks forward to our state taking the lead on protecting our state’s treasures using smart water standards.