On October 1, 2015 the Florida Clean Water Network submitted two comment letters to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. EPA regarding the state’s 2015 Triennial Review of Florida’s water quality standards.  This review is required every three years by the Clean Water Act.

During the last Triennial Review in 2012, Florida DEP attempted to severely weaken it’s standards in regards to toxic chemicals that are known to have adverse health effects on humans.  FL-CWN led the fight to stop this from happening and we were successful.  The Environmental Regulation Commission refused to accept the Florida DEP’s “cancer-lottery” which is essentially what the state was proposing.

This time around, the Florida DEP is completely ignoring these human-health toxic threats in its Triennial Review.  They claim that they will take up the issue next year.  While this may happen, we can almost certainly expect the state to come back with another version of their “cancer lottery” instead of using the methodology being used by the US EPA, every other state and even the state of Florida back in 1990, which was the last time that Florida updated the pollution limits for human-health based toxic chemicals.

Here are the two comment letters submitted by the Florida Clean Water Network:

2015 Comment

2015 Comment2


About the Author

Linda Young has been the executive director of the Clean Water Network of Florida since 1994. From 1989 to 1997, she founded and published a monthly statewide environmental newspaper. Over the past twenty three years, she has co-founded some of the most long-lasting and effective environmental organizations in the Southeast, including the Gulf Restoration Network, Gulf Coast Environmental Defense and C.A.T.E. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Southern Oregon University and a M.A. in Political Science/Campaign Management from the University of West Florida.



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