TALLAHASSEE (CBS4)-Gov. Rick Scott is wading into an ongoing dispute between the Environmental Protection Agency and some Florida business groups, utilities and local governments.

Scott authorized the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to file a petition Friday asking the EPA to rescind its 2009 decision to force the state of Florida to clean up its waters. The EPA’s action was the result of a lawsuit brought by several environmental groups.

The petition also requested that the EPA withdraw their determination before any further is action is taken, according to the News Service of Florida.

“I look forward to working with the EPA to reach an agreement that will promote clean water standards in the way that makes the most sense for our state,” Scott said in a statement.

The EPA is trying to get Florida to meet certain water quality standards for its lakes, rivers and streams. But many oppose these federal mandates, saying it could cost billions to implement.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. CBS4 news partner The News Service of Florida contributed material for this report)

The News Service of Florida

Comments (3)
  1. hp says:

    man this guy is terrible.

  2. peggy thomas says:

    When you have no soul,you have no regard for the truly important things in life.
    This Governor is all EGO(edging good out) and no soul or heart or knowledge of the fact that all living things are connected within our ecosystem.

    This empty shell will work to promote everything that dispels what is good for people and he will strive to implement everything that increases the pseudo power of the greedy oligarchs.

  3. Rita Tiessen says:

    Remember November

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