Florida court clears way for challenge to water standards


Water standards approved in July 2016 by the Florida Environmental Regulation Commission involved new and revised limits on chemicals in waterways. (Source: Palm Beach Post)

From The Palm Beach Post: Nearly a year after a state regulatory commission approved controversial new water-quality standards, a Florida appeals court Tuesday ruled that a pulp-and-paper industry group should be able to challenge the measures.

The 1st District Court of Appeal overturned a decision by an administrative law judge that blocked the challenge.

The appeals court, in a nine-page opinion written by Judge T. Kent Wetherell and joined by judges Mark Osterhaus and M. Kemmerly Thomas, sided with the association and sent the case back to the Division of Administrative Hearings for consideration of the arguments about the validity of the water-quality standards.

For the complete story: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/florida-court-clears-way-for-challenge-water-standards/1jNKVc6ZStcYmK2JPaVYDP/

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