Last November, the EPA adopted strong standards to combat sewage, manure and fertilizer pollution in Florida's waterways. These rules will save our waters from the toxic slime that puts our drinking water, economy, and precious ecosystems at risk. However, pressure is mounting from Governor Rick Scott and his Big Polluter pals to turn control over to the state’s industry-controlled agency.
We rallied on January 17 in Tampa to give the EPA the support it needs to stay strong, and now we need to get our demands on the record.
Right now, the EPA plans to hand over the regulation of 15 percent of Florida's waterways to Rick Scott’s Department of Environmental Protection. The state's rules are far weaker, and wait too long to be enforced -- only after a water body is already polluted with slime -- and do not include a timeline for clean-up action. We need the stronger EPA standard to ensure our water is protected.
Even worse, if we don’t act now, the EPA is likely to hand protection of the rest of our water over to Rick Scott as well. That's a risk we can’t take.