Environmental Protection Agency may give more regulatory control back to Florida

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTXL) - The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed withdrawing federal water quality standards.

The move would allow individual states to mandate their own water quality standards.  The proposal would roll back a 2009 measure that specifically imposed stricter standards on Florida than on the rest of the country.

Congressman Steve Southerland applauded the EPA's proposed move to relinquish regulatory control over Florida's waterways. 

“I have worked closely with state lawmakers and business leaders to ensure that Floridians spoke with one voice in opposing the EPA’s intrusion into our waterways,” said Southerland. “I believe the EPA was shortsighted in imposing an unfair standard on Florida alone, and I am pleased that the agency has recognized the tremendous progress that state officials have already made in strengthening the health of our streams, lakes, and canals.”

 Southerland introduced the State Waters Partnership Act in 2012, urging the EPA to adopt Florida's water quality metrics.  The act also required the EPA research the potential impact of further regulation upon businesses and other private entities.