Letter to 42 Florida groups sent yesterday to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson asking for the agency to approve, in their entirety, the Florida DEP's water quality rules. Earlier this week, the DEP transmitted the proposed new rules to EPA for approval.
February 23, 2012
The Honorable Lisa Jackson, Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
Re: Request to Approve Florida Numeric Nutrient Criteria Rules
Dear Administrator Jackson:
Recently, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection transmitted to the EPA tough,
responsible and cost effective new numeric nutrient criteria for Florida waters. We are writing to
request the Environmental Protection Agency provide timely approval of these new rules in their
entirety. This action takes a giant step toward ending an era of perpetual litigation on this issue
and allows Florida to expedite efforts to protect our state’s waters under the new rules developed
by our state.
After many months of debate, scientific study and careful consideration by Florida’s
environmental regulators, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (with unanimous
approval of the state’s Environmental Regulatory Commission) has approved new state rules to
protect the precious water bodies that give our state its unique charm and character. The new
state rules will do an outstanding job protecting Florida’s lakes, streams and springs from nutrient
pollution while avoiding unnecessary costs on Florida’s employers and households.
With the EPA's rules related to streams and rivers recently set aside by a federal judge, it is
critical for EPA to move to put these Florida-written rules in place. The full implementation of
the rule that is before you now establishes tough standards that will accomplish strong waterquality protection goals.
When it comes to addressing issues related to protecting water quality, the State of Florida has
done everything that has been asked of it by the EPA. Our leaders found a Florida-driven
solution to preserving our beautiful resources while protecting household budgets at a time when
so many of our residents and businesses still struggle with a difficult economy. This is a smart
and cost-effective approach to regulation.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently signed legislation unanimously approved by the Florida House
of Representatives and the Florida Senate to move this process forward and bring this issue to
closure so our state can get on with the business of safeguarding our water resources. We ask that you let Florida be responsible for protecting its water bodies in a way that’s best for Florida and
its people. We encourage you to approve the Florida rules in their entirety.
Associated Industries of Florida
Association of Florida
City Of Altamonte Springs
FSAWWA Utility Council
Florida Association of Counties
Florida Beverage Association
Florida Cattlemen’s Association
Florida Chamber of Commerce
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Florida Citrus Mutual
Florida Electric Cooperative Association
Florida Electric Power Coordinating
Florida Engineering Society
Florida Farm Bureau Federation
Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical
Florida Forestry Association
Florida Fruit & Vegetables Association
Florida Gulf Coast Building & Construction
Florida Home Builders Association
Florida Land Council
Florida League of Cities
Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscapers,
Florida Pest Management Association
Florida Poultry Federation
Florida Pulp & Paper Association
Florida Rural Water Association
Florida Section – American Water Works
Association Utility Council
Florida Water Environmental Association –
Florida Water Quality Coalition, Inc.
Floridians for Industry, Jobs & Growth
Gulf Citrus Growers Association
International Food & Commercial
Manufacturers of Florida
Peace River Valley Citrus Growers
PCS Phosphate, White Springs
South Walton Utility Company, Inc.
Southeast Milk Inc.
Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida
The Catalina Group, Inc.
The Fertilizer Institute
United Food & Commercial Workers Union
United States Sugar Corporation