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.