Dear Gov. Scott:
Our Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary, Herschel Vinyard Jr., said in a recent news release, “We can now move forward to implementing nutrient reduction criteria, rather than delaying environmental improvements due to endless litigation.” He was commenting on the announcement that the FDEP had recently “cut a deal” with the US Environmental Protection Agency to let the state take the lead in the regulation of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution (known as nutrients). The litigation that Secretary Vinyard was referring to was necessary because the streams, springs and lakes of Florida are turning green and dying from excess nutrients. The waters of our state are under the protection of the FDEP. FDEP is responsible for protecting the surface (drinking) water for all of the citizens of Florida, to protect our environment and ensure that our natural resources arc preserved. However, the USEPA and FDEP “deal” was “greeted with delight by utilities, dairy farmers, pulp mills and other industries that had worked on drawing up the slate’s proposed standards” [citing a March 15 article by C. Pittman from the Tampa Bay Times, “EPA cuts deal with Florida on pollution rules, delighting business and angering environmentalists”]. (
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