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Judge Alan Gold: EPA Must Enforce Anti-Pollution Rules, Florida Has Failed To Protect Everglades

MIAMI — The state of Florida has failed to protect the threatened Everglades and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must step in to enforce anti-pollution rules, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.U.S. District Judge Alan Gold’s decision g…

MIAMI — The state of Florida has failed to protect the threatened Everglades and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must step in to enforce anti-pollution rules, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Alan Gold’s decision gives the EPA greater authority over water permits affecting discharges from sugar growers, farms and businesses, which are largely responsible for phosphorous-laden fertilizer runoff that is choking the vast wetlands. The EPA last year proposed a new cleanup plan largely opposed by the state.

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