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Florida Water Quality

EPA Approves Florida’s Request to Administer the Clean Water Act Section 404 Program

Thursday’s action formally transfers permitting authority under CWA Section 404 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to the state of Florida for a broad range of water resources within the state. This action allows the state to more effectively and efficiently evaluate and issue permits under the CWA to support the health of Florida’s waters, residents, and economy.
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EPA, Florida Agriculture Department Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The MOU between EPA and FDACS includes education and outreach, communication and coordination, and a recognition of environmental stewardship activities, and signifies a strengthened partnership between the two agencies in their shared mission of protecting and conserving natural lands and waterways.
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Nikki Fried Submits Testimony on Florida and the Clean Water Act to EPA

In her comments, Fried noted her concerns with the Florida Department of Environmental Protections’ (DEP) proposal, highlighting the fact that the only other two states which have assumed permitting authority struggled to adequately implement the program.
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EPA: Fairfax Street Wood Treaters Site in Jacksonville Removed From Superfund List

“EPA has determined that the required cleanup is complete and no further remediation is necessary to protect human health and the environment. This site was one of the 27 Superfund sites fully or partially deleted in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. During the first term of the Trump administration, EPA has deleted all or part of 82 sites from the NPL matching the site year total over two terms of the previous administration,” the EPA noted.
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Vern Buchanan Wants EPA to Take Over Toxic Wastewater at Manatee County Phosphate Processing...

Buchanan wrote EPA Regional Administrator Kathy Walker on the matter, calling on her to make sure federal laws on toxic cleanups are being enforced.
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South Florida Congresswoman Leads Letter For EPA to Protect Air Quality, Address Smog Hurting...

The letter highlights the debilitating health defects of smog and the disproportionate impact on communities of color. The EPA’s recent proposal is to maintain the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for smog, despite evidence that a more protective standard is needed.

EPA Promotes Commitment to Protect Water Quality and Coral Reef Restoration in Tampa

The Florida Aquarium tour, in coordination with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Sec. Noah Valenstein and Roger Germann, the president and CEO of the Florida Aquarium, provided an opportunity for discussions concerning the aquarium’s coral reef restoration work in South Florida. Also discussed were National Estuary Program activities that work to protect and restore water quality in the Tampa area.
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Neal Dunn: EPA Sending Almost $175,000 to Florida DEP to Protect Wetlands

Florida State University’s FNAI is working to “establish and assess wetland reference sites for priority Florida wetland community types” and the funds--which total $174,079--will add to these efforts.

FDACS Issues Additional Guidance Regarding COVID-19

On Thursday, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued additional guidance regarding COVID-19 for the agriculture industry, consumers, and regulated industries.

Darren Soto Gets EPA to Promise to Test and Fix Water Problems in St....

With recent reports about dark sediment in the water of St. Cloud residents, a congressman from the Sunshine State has obtained a promise from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to test its safety and fix the problem.
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Marco Rubio, Darren Soto Announce $40 Million Loan From EPA Headed to Toho Water...

Last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., announced $40 million in federal funds through a Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  to the Toho Water Authority in Kissimmee.
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Michael Waltz Leads Florida Delegation Wanting to Modernize Florida Water Quality Allocation

This week, freshman U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., led a letter with more than a dozen members of the Florida Delegation to the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee requesting an update to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) formula to ensure adequate funding for Florida’s water quality projects.
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