If you live in Florida, or visit Florida or ever plan to eat fish and/or seafood that passed through Florida waters, you may want to take a few minutes to look over the spreadsheet posted below.  Double click on the title to see two pages of chemicals that are the subject of new regulations for Florida’s water quality standards.

These are all cancer-causing toxins that can and likely are being discharged into Florida waters.  Gov. Rick Scott is poised to relax our current protections in favor of more allowable pollution.  Some standards are new, but if you notice the bare-minimum levels recommended by EPA, most of Florida’s new limits will be less protective than EPA recommends.  Also you will see a column with Alabama’s current standards.  They are almost all more protective than the limits being proposed by Florida under Governor Rick Scott.

Another point is that EPA and Alabama’s limits are based on a fish consumption rate of less than 4 ounces a week.  Studies show that Floridians eat more fish and seafood than other states.  In fact, quite a bit more.  The federal government recommends (USDA) that a healthy American should eat 8 to 12 ounces of fish/seafood a week.

Please see the link on this page where you can sign our petition to Gov. Rick Scott to let him know we don’t want MORE cancer-causing chemicals in our waters.  The purpose of this change by the Governor of Florida is to save polluters money on treating and properly disposing of their toxic chemicals in their waste.

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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