TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Attorney General Pam Bondi issued the following statement on the numeric nutrient criteria workshops that are being hosted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection today and on June 16.
“We will not tolerate the federal government’s overreach of authority and imposition of unreasonable numeric nutrient criteria that would result in a tremendous financial burden on Floridians,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “It is Florida’s role to protect our waters and these workshops underscore the essence of our lawsuit, which is that Florida should establish our own water quality standards. We are pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to delay its unduly imposition of onerous standards and allow the state to develop a proposal that is best for Florida.”
On December 10, 2010, the Florida Attorney General and Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s intrusion into Florida’s previously approved clean water program. A copy of the lawsuit is available online
On April 22, 2011, the Department of Environmental Protection filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requesting the withdrawal of EPA’s formal determination that Numeric Nutrient Criteria were required in Florida.