Proposed EPA rules on water draw fire

Posted by Trish Riley, February 18, 2010

So businesses are complaining that the US EPA wants them to stop polluting Florida water. The time has come for businesses to stop jeopardizing our natural resources, health and safety in the name of their industrial profits. Water is a finite resource, and most of it has already been contaminated – our drinking water is laden with chemicals and pharmaceuticals, many of which have been determined to pose health dangers. Those businesses who object to reducing the damage their production heaves on our water supply need to face the fact that they had a good run, but it is over. Our government and the citizens it represents need to put a stop to pollution now.  Responsible businesses should make this decision instead of claiming a right to continue to pollute our public water.

Critics of the federal plan to impose water regulations on Florida are speaking loud and clear this week, telling visiting officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the proposed rules will hurt businesses and utility customers.

The EPA announced last year that it was imposing its own rules because the Florida Department of Environmental Protection had failed to establish numerical standards for nutrient pollutants in the state's lakes, canals, rivers, estuaries and springs.

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