By BILL KACZOR
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
TALLAHASSEE | The federal government will attempt to set Florida’s water pollution standards – the first time it’ll try that for any state – under an agreement approved Monday.
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle rejected objections from state and local government agencies as well as agriculture and business interests.
They had argued the agreement would result in hastily drawn, unscientific rules and that complying with them would be too costly as taxpayers and businesses cope with the recession.
In approving the consent decree between five environmental groups and the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Hinkle noted that it allows for delays in the rule-making process to make sure regulations are proper.
He said other objections are premature and must wait until after the proposed regulations have been drafted.