EPA’s new Florida rules roil D.C.

Posted by Trish Riley, March 7, 2011

The fight over the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s new water pollutant rules for Florida could soon be decided in Washington.

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to stop the EPA from enforcing its water nutrient standards for Florida’s waters. It did so by cutting off funding to the federal agency to carry out the program.

The Senate is now looking at its own 2011 Continuing Resolution budget and considering a similar rider to nip EPA’s enforcement of nutrient pollutant standards for Florida waters.

Environmental groups across Florida are asking residents to urge their senators to not interfere with the EPA’s plans.The new rules set standards for both nitrates and phosphorus, excess amounts of which can cause harmful algae blooms. The pollutant often originates from sewage, manure and fertilizer.

via The Gainesville Sun

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