High Court Won't Wade Into Florida Water Fight

By: AP
By: AP


The Supreme Court won't force Florida water managers to get permits to pump contaminated water from farmland into Lake Okeechobee.

The high court refused to hear an appeal from the Friends of the
Everglades, the Florida Wildlife Federation and other groups.

The 11th U.S. Court of Appeals had agreed with the Environmental
Protection Agency that transferring polluted water from one
navigable body to another does not require a permit.

A federal judge in 2006 had said the pumping constituted a
"discharge of a pollutant" under the Clean Water Act and required
the South Florida Water Management District to get a National
Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit.

The case is Friends of the Everglades v. South Florida Water
Management District, 10-196.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2010 at 11:05 AM
    Yes, rick scott supporter -just what the other 48% of the states` voters knew what would happen with a "probusiness" Governor and the conservative majority Legislature and a conservative majority SCOTUS. Who wants to take a boat ride much less swim in ANY polluted navigible waterway? Next, one might try to say that this is a good thing - fertilizer from farm runoff is put into the lake and then other farms draw irrigation water from it and it comes with nutirents premixed. Do us a favor,,if you think this is so good-get you a glass full and drink it all.
  • by Rick Scott Supporter Location: Tallahassee on Nov 29, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    Thanks SCOTUS! Now we can get down to business and create some more water-polluting jobs.
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