Group Sues Feds over Fla. Water Surface Quality

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — An environmental group has filed a lawsuit accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of letting Florida flaunt federal clean water requirements.

Linda Young, director of the Clean Water Network of Florida, said Monday the group is seeking a court order for EPA to conduct an independent review of a state list of water bodies and decide which ones need stricter pollution limits.

The suit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee alleges that since 2003, EPA has failed to review and approve or disapprove the list of water bodies that fail to meet quality standards. The list must be submitted every two years.

EPA spokeswoman Dawn Harris-Young said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

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