Rick Scott joins fight against EPA water standards
Gov-elect Rick Scott today sent a letter to the EPA protesting tougher water regulations that officials say will be overly costly to implement. The letter was signed by several new Florida officials, including AG-elect Pam Bondi and Ag Commissioner-elect Adam Putnam and new members of congress.
"The cost of these new mandates could impede our state’s economic recovery and increase the price of utilities, food and other necessities for Floridians," the officials write, asking for a delay.
Background on the issue here. Letter below.
November 12, 2010
The Honorable Lisa P. Jackson
United State Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20460
Dear Administrator Jackson:
As the newly elected officials representing Florida, we are writing today regarding the proposed EPA numeric nutrient rules for our state. We are concerned that the EPA’s unprecedented nutrient criteria rulemaking will impose substantial regulatory and economic consequences on Floridians. The rule for rivers, streams and lakes is scheduled to be finalized on November 14, 2010, and we request a delay so that we have time to fully analyze the rule and its affect on Florida.
We are very concerned about the cost of this onerous regulation to Floridians. Businesses across Florida are struggling and our unemployment rate is nearly 12%. We each ran on the platform of fiscal responsibility and heard from numerous constituents about concerns of an overbearing federal government that’s placing burdensome regulations on Florida’s families and employers. According to a study done by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the EPA mandates set to be finalized this November 14th will impose capital costs of over $4 billion on municipal wastewater treatment utilities and over $17 billion on municipal storm water utilities. The cost of these new mandates could impede our state’s economic recovery and increase the price of utilities, food and other necessities for Floridians.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has expressed significant concerns regarding the scientific validity of the numeric nutrient criteria the EPA is set to impose on Florida, even questioning whether the standards are attainable or will achieve environmental benefits. In April 2010, the EPA’s own Science Advisory Board joined the chorus of FDEP, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, the Florida Legislature and others in expressing serious concerns that the EPA’s methods for developing nutrient standards are scientifically flawed.
Therefore, we strongly urge you to delay implementation of the final rule for lakes and flowing waters. Florida is the first state to be subjected to such federal rules, and we must ensure that the science is sound and the benefits are worthy of the costs.
Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services- Elect
Richard B. "Rich" Nugent
Congressman-Elect District 5
Congressman-Elect District 25
Dennis A. Ross
Congressman-Elect District 12
Congressman-Elect District 2
Congressman-Elect District 8