State rule that allows more toxins in water can now be challenged

From the Miami Herald: “The Seminole Tribe of Florida, Martin County and the city of Miami challenged the rule in August 2016, arguing it posed a health hazard to the public. The Florida Pulp and Paper Association, whose members rely on discharging chemical-laden water into Florida rivers, also challenged the rule but argued it was too strict … Click here to read more

DEP issues permit for Herbert Hoover Dike repair

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Ecosystem Projects issued a consolidated Environmental Resource Permit, or ERP, to the United States Army Corps of Engineers for the Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) Repair and Rehabilitation Project (R&R Project). The project is located within five counties: Glades, Hendry, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach. … Click here to read more

DEP tells employee to ignore rules: millions of $$$, environmental damage at stake

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Florida’s top state wetlands expert has been suspended after she refused to issue a permit on a controversial project — one that she said her boss was willing to bend the rules to approve. … Click here to read more