Statement from DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. Regarding Governor Rick Scott’s Signing of Numeric Nutrient Standards Ratification Bill

Governor Rick Scott“Governor Rick Scott signed legislation today that supports Florida moving forward with setting numeric nutrient standards for our waterbodies, by presenting our rules for to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for final approval. A healthy environment depends on getting Florida’s water right, in terms of both water supply and water quality. No one knows Florida’s water better than Floridians, and these rules will allow us to effectively protect water quality in our state.

“Our rules provide a clear process for identifying waters impaired by nutrients, preventing harmful discharges and establishing necessary reductions. They provide a reasonable and predictable implementation strategy, and avoid unnecessary costs for Florida’s households and businesses.

“We are pleased that we will now be able to submit our widely supported rules for final EPA approval. It’s important to start addressing our nutrient challenges, and we look forward to getting these rules on the books and implemented as soon as possible.”

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