U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II applauded today an agreement between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) empowering Florida authorities to regulate nitrogen and phosphorous pollutants in state waters. Southerland worked with a coalition of state stakeholders last year to introduce legislation requiring the EPA to adopt Florida's successful state standards for numeric nutrients.
"When I was joined last year on the steps of Florida's Historic Capitol by a bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers, agricultural interests, and business leaders, we spoke with one voice in telling Washington that Florida must come first in revitalizing our streams, lakes, and rivers. I am pleased that the DEP and EPA reached an agreement that does just that. By getting Washington out of the way, Florida can focus on building upon previous successes in strengthening the health of our waterways. After years of litigation, this agreement is a critical victory for Florida and a source of empowerment for states fighting against federal overregulation."