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HM 1589

1
House Memorial
2A memorial to the Congress of the United States, urging
3Congress to reject the numeric nutrient water quality
4standards adopted by the United States Environmental
5Protection Agency.
6
7     WHEREAS, the United States Environmental Protection Agency
8has adopted new and highly restrictive numeric nutrient water
9quality standards for all inland water bodies in Florida, and
10     WHEREAS, the imposition of such standards would derail the
11state's well-established and effective Total Maximum Daily Loads
12Program, and
13     WHEREAS, Florida has served as a national role model for
14water management and environmental restoration through such
15efforts as the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, and
16     WHEREAS, the state is responsible for more than one-third
17of all the nutrient-related water quality samples in the
18national water quality database, and
19     WHEREAS, despite its national leadership in water quality
20improvement, Florida is the only state targeted by the
21Environmental Protection Agency for the imposition of federal
22water standards, and
23     WHEREAS, the new standards would have a price tag that
24could devastate the state's fragile economy, and
25     WHEREAS, according to a report by the Environmental
26Protection Agency's Inspector General, the cost of implementing
27the new standards will primarily be borne by individuals and
28businesses, and
29     WHEREAS, the consumers of the state cannot afford the
30potential doubling of their water bills, especially in these
31uncertain economic times, and
32     WHEREAS, the businesses in the state would be subjected to
33unfair cost disadvantages that competitors do not face, NOW,
34THEREFORE,
35
36Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
37
38     That the Congress of the United States is urged to join
39Florida in its rejection of the arbitrary standards proposed by
40the United States Environmental Protection Agency which are
41unfair to Florida and its citizens and are potentially crippling
42to the state's fragile economy.
43     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be
44dispatched to the President of the United States, to the
45President of the United States Senate, to the Speaker of the
46United States House of Representatives, and to each member of
47the Florida delegation to the United States Congress.


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