U.S. Representative Steve Southerland, II (R- Panama City) has welcomed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s approval of
“I have often said that
“That said, the EPA’s decision to issue new proposed federal rules reminds us of the need to remain vigilant of the impact that more
John Hoblick, president of the Florida Farm Bureau, said the bureau appreciates Southerland’s efforts “to achieve an approach to water quality that balances the need for substantive resource protection with positive support for
Southerland’s State Waters Partnership Act - introduced early in the 112th Congress - urges the EPA to build on
In a news release, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection said it was pleased with the decision by the EPA approving the state’s numeric nutrient criteria, and that the result will be cleaner water.
“EPA’s decision confirms the efforts of hard working scientists at DEP. EPA’s decision is also supported by Judge Canter who, after fully reviewing the science and criteria, upheld DEP’s rules entirely,” wrote the FDEP. “DEP and EPA are working diligently to complete the job statewide, returning the focus to restoration rather than litigation.”
The FDEP release went on to say that while EPA has approved the state’s criteria, it was disappointed about EPA’s decision to issue new proposed federal rules.
“We will work with them to craft solutions that will allow the state to assume all nutrient criteria rulemaking in