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EPA agrees to cost study on Florida Water rules

April 8, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

TALLAHASSEE (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to an independent cost study of water pollution rules it plans to implement in Florida next year.

The agency bowed to critics, including business and agriculture interests, who say the rules designed to curtail algae blooms that are choking Florida's inland waterways will be to too expensive to implement.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is asking the National Academy of Sciences to do the study according to a letter to Sen. Bill Nelson that the Florida Democrat released Friday.

Jackson defended the agency's cost estimates that range from $235 million to $206 million annually, or 11 to 20 cents per household in affected areas, but said she was ordering the study "because the economic impact of the rule is dominating the public discussion in Florida."

 
 

 

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