Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Three former Florida environmental
protection chiefs are seeking a delay in federal rules designed to
clean up water pollution that causes algae blooms.
They sent a letter Thursday to the Environmental Protection
Agency asking for more study. The rules are opposed by business and
agriculture interests and many politicians.
The letter was signed by former Department of Environmental
Protection Secretaries Colleen Castille and Virginia Wetherell and
Jake Varn, secretary of a predecessor agency, the Department of
David Guest, a lawyer for environmental groups supporting the
rules, said he wasn't surprised because widespread pollution
occurred on the former officials' watches. The rules are due next
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