TALLAHASSEE – “Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took steps to make the state’s numeric nutrient criteria effective in Florida.
“EPA is proposing to withdraw the overlapping federal nutrient criteria that will allow Florida to implement its state-adopted water quality standards to attack nutrient pollution in Florida’s waters.
“Today’s action proposes the withdrawal of the limited federal criteria in lieu of the state’s more comprehensive criteria for rivers, lakes, streams, springs, as well asestuaries and coastal waters.
“The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is appreciative of today’s action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will pave the way for more protection of Florida’s waters.”
About the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s principal environmental agency, created to protect, conserve and manage Florida’s environment and natural resources. The Department enforces federal and state environmental laws, protects Florida’s air and water quality, cleans up pollution, regulates solid waste management, promotes pollution prevention and acquires environmentally-sensitive lands for preservation. The agency also maintains a statewide system of parks, trails and aquatic preserves. To view the Department’s website log on to www.dep.state.fl.us.