Source: The Fertilizer Institute
Criticizing the scientific basis for new proposed water quality standards in Florida, The Fertilizer Institute and 86 agribusiness and business organizations are challenging the Environmental Protection Agency efforts to impose these new standards. The groups are concerned that the new rules will negatively impact Florida's economy.
Florida was beginning to adopt narrative water quality criteria standards for nutrients in 2009 in a process that had been praised by an EPA Science Advisory Board when the agency stepped in and proposed numeric criteria for Florida lakes, springs, clear streams and canals. If finalized, these criteria will override the state's effort and effectively become part of Florida's water quality standards for the purpose of issuing Clean Water Act permits.