Scott Asks EPA to Delay Florida Water Pollution Rules

By: AP
By: AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --

Florida's incoming governor and other newly elected Republican officials have joined a chorus of politicians and others urging the Environmental Protection Agency to delay new water pollution rules.

Governor-elect Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner-elect Adam
Putnam, Attorney General-elect Pam Bondi and five incoming
congressmen sent a letter Friday, November 12, to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

EPA is set to announce the standards Monday. They are required
by the settlement of a lawsuit filed by environmental groups. The
rules are designed to abate pollution that's clogging Florida
waters with deadly algae blooms.

Politicians and agriculture and business interests say they will
be too costly and set back Florida's economic recovery. Friday's
letter also makes that argument.


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  • by Chris on Nov 14, 2010 at 04:41 AM
    Pete... Waste Water plants are being singled out along with Agriculture because they are point source polluters...If you are a water quality expert I should not have to explain. The majority of our nitrogen and phosphorous in recieving waters is runoff from lawns and golf courses, ect..over fertilizing and over irrigation. DEP has just concluded surveys of the ACF basin showing that the nutrients being discharged into the system are actually bennifitting the Apalachicola Bay system. The numbers proposed in the EPA suit are only going to be obtained by Reverse Osmosis....then the reject water has to be disposed of.......The plant that work at is over 60 years old....We MEET AND BEAT the standards set forth in our operating permit...AWT standards. It drives DEP and EPA nuts. As for being a "PUSH BUTTON and VALVE TURNER"...COME BY AND VISIT OUR PLANT..I'll be mre than glad to fry your brain with the knowledge of truly operating a plant. We are the first line of enviro.defense
  • by Chris on Nov 13, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    Here are links for your pleasure.. http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/florida_index.cfm http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wqssp/nutrients/ Hope this helps others to gain an understanding of our big brother Federal Government...
  • by Pete Zahut on Nov 13, 2010 at 12:58 PM
    Gosh, Chris - so you're a water utility operator and YOU have insight! BIG DEAL! You sound just like just another shill for polluters. Tell ya what - I'll wager my 40 years of experience with water quality and aquatic organisms against your experience pushing buttons and turning valves. There SHOULD be operating costs imposed on users of water - ignorant users who don't value what they have and continue to overuse and pollute OUR water. And note - it's just not "Numeric Nutrient Criteria" - it's TMDL!!!!
  • by Whating the rea information on Nov 13, 2010 at 04:18 AM
    Chris you are right but it sounds like you do. Please elaborate on what you know. We all need to know it. Thanks
  • by Chris on Nov 12, 2010 at 04:00 PM
    Having an insight into this situation...I'm a water utility operator...I'm telling you tree huggers and Rep. bashers to back off. You have no clue what this issue is about. It's called Numeric Nutrient Criteria..look it up. It places LARGE operating costs on Florida's small town utilities, as well as on Florida's agriculture. The EPA settled a lawsuit out of court with one of the Enviro. Groups..without any public or professional input. Like Daddy used to tell you..."If you don't know what your talking about, keep your mouth shut."
  • by signal25 Location: Cloud 9 on Nov 12, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    "Politicians and agriculture and business interests say they will be too costly and set back Florida's economic recovery. Friday's letter also makes that argument." Oh, nevermind, don't read the whole story....just blame it all on the white guy...
  • by Global Socialism is the plan on Nov 12, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    You all we are broke. This anti capitalistic administration regulation on business is not because they are concerned about your well being. Stop being do naïve. They are regulating to deliberately destroy the private sector. They want to redistribute America’s wealth to the world. They want Indonesia to get these jobs so they are regulating America’s business out of them. Global Socialism is the plan. Wake up.
  • by jay Location: over round home on Nov 12, 2010 at 12:17 PM
    Stupid gets us into these dirty water deals (pollution)so why can't stupid get us out? nuff said?
  • by Roz on Nov 12, 2010 at 12:16 PM
    That didn't take long.
  • by anon Location: here on Nov 12, 2010 at 11:56 AM
    This is one of the first things these new leaders are concerned with instead of getting people employed? All who voted for these people should have known that they would be against any implementation of EPA air or clean water regulations. They don`t care if the St. Johns River is filthy and has miles of aglae that produces toxins that cause tens of thousands of fish to die. All they care about is maintaining the profits of the corporations that fund their campaigns. We are already having water wars for ANY water that is clean enough for human consumption especially mid and south state. Let them tell those people they will have to live with polluted water.
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