EPA cuts deal with Florida on pollution rules, delighting business and angering environmentalists

If Florida legislators and regulators will take certain steps, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will back off imposing new water pollution regulations on the state’s waterways.

State Department of Environmental Protection officials announced Friday that they have cut a deal with EPA officials to let the state take the lead in regulating nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, known together as nutrients.

“We can now move forward to implementing nutrient reduction criteria, rather than delaying environmental improvements due to endless litigation,” DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard Jr. said in a news release.

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