Diaz-Balart: Florida Will Continue To Protect Its Waters
WASHINGTON —Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew federal water quality standards applicable to Florida. These standards were stringent and overlooked the already meticulous care the state of Florida has for its bodies of water.
“After years of legal battles and the EPA overstepping their regulatory authority, they have finally dropped their ludicrous numeric nutrient criteria standards for Florida. Nobody does a better job of regulating our waters and environment than Florida itself, and I am happy to see that the EPA has finally backed off after deciding that the State’s regulations are more than efficient. This is something I have been working on with the state, EPA, and all affected parties for years. I am glad to see it finally concluded with a positive outcome.
“Florida is a national leader in enforcing aggressive water quality standards to protect its ecosystem. The Everglades, lakes, rivers, and our beautiful ocean beaches are all vital to our state and Florida will continue to protect them.”