Florida’s water rule legal fight advances - The Packer

Florida’s water rule legal fight advances

06/29/2012 08:38:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

“To come up with a new regulatory standard, just file a lawsuit. This is all about driving business away from the ecosystems those groups are trying to protect.

“The people doing this don’t have any comprehension of what can and cannot be done. Let’s just set the standards really high. It’s trying to regulate you out of business.”

Signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott after the last legislative session, Florida Department of Environmental Protection regulations include an implementation method, something the EPA’s plan lacked.

The state rules also feature a biological confirmation process that could prevent healthy water bodies from being classified as impaired, Kates said.

Though the case remains far from over, Canter’s ruling is good news for growers and represents a big boost for the state’s rules, Kates said.

He said the case was a big stumbling block in trying to garner EPA’s approval of Florida’s more realistic rules and pushes the long process forward.

Canter’s ruling gives the EPA 60 days to review Florida’s rules.

The legal limbo, however, may keep the environmentalists at bay and further delay adding unnecessary additional costs to growers.

dohlemeier@thepacker.com

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Tim Williams    
Florida  |  July, 01, 2012 at 09:35 PM

Canter's ruling is great but not a cure all. Florida's farmers MUST remain vigilant and be pro-active in the Water War. Our industry uses water and we need water so our goals align on most supply and conservation issues its the process that holds the danger. those who don't know and understand AG believe we are water hogs and polluters. Only by political action coupled with being in the room and having a seat at the table IN ALL THESE DISCUSSIONS will our "minority", our "special interest" be treated fairly. Farm Bureau, FFVA, and other industry groups need our continued support. Can't hurt if we farmers show up once in a while as well.

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