Triennial review (water quality standards) is Tuesday (today) in Tallahassee.  I will be there to learn more about DEP’s latest (at least 5 revisions so far) proposed criteria for human-health based toxic chemical criteria, plus other changes (all weakening) to Florida’s environmental protections.  We have made some progress on some of these chemicals over the past year, but I’m not satisfied with what is being proposed yet.  I’ll give you a full report when I get back.  The issue is how much toxic chemicals should be allowed in fish. What I’m primarily looking for is better protection for pregnant women, children and high-consumption adults.  DEP is looking for whatever the politically powerful polluters want which is no meaningful regulation at all.

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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