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Scott signs water pollution bill, but battle will still rage



Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill today that paves the way for Florida to reject federal water pollution rules and set individual standards for each water body.

"The future of our state's environment and economy depend on the health of our water bodies, and the state's rules will ensure the protection of both," said a press release from Scott's office.

The move may only fuel the years-long battle between at least a dozen stakeholders, including environmental groups and large businesses and farmers that pollute. At issue is the level of "numeric nutrients" in the water, caused by runnoff from farms and yards.  

The federal Environmental Protection Agency must approve the state standard before it can be implemented. For more, click here.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2012 3:33pm]


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