Florida Allows Even MORE Toxic Waste As Dangerous Algae Blooms Spread Across The State

Written by on July 29, 2016 in Environment, Environmental Hazards with 23 Comments

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By Katie Pohlman | EcoWatch

Florida regulators voted to approve new water quality standards that would increase the amount of carcinogenic toxins allowed in Florida’s waterways.

The Environmental Regulation Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve a proposal by state regulators that would set new standards on 39 chemicals not currently regulated by the Sunshine State and revise regulations on 43 toxins, most of which are carcinogenic. State regulators claim the new plan will protect more Floridians than current standards, the Miami Herald reported.

“We have not updated these parameters since 1992,” Cari Roth, chairwoman of the commission, told the Miami Herald. “It is more good than harm. The practical effect is, it is not going to increase the amount of toxins going into our waters.”

Under the new proposal, acceptable levels of toxins in Florida waters will increase for more than 24 known carcinogens. The acceptable levels would decrease for 13 chemicals that are currently regulated.

The new regulations are based on a one-of-a-kind scientific method the Florida Department of Environmental Protection created, called “Monte Carlo.” The method is being criticized by environmental groups, warning the new standards would allow polluters to dump high concentrations of dangerous chemicals into Florida’s rivers and streams.


“Monte Carlo gambling with our children’s safety is unacceptable,” Marty Baum, of Indian Riverkeeper, said.

The known carcinogens can be released by oil and gas drilling companies, dry cleaning companies, pulp and paper producers, nuclear plants, wastewater treatment plants and agriculture. While most of these industries are supportive of the new rules, pulp and paper producers still think the measures are too restrictive.

Florida’s proposal will now head to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its approval. Several members of Florida’s congressional delegation have sent a letter to voice their concerns to the EPA. The letter calls for a public comment period to carefully evaluate the proposal.

If the EPA still decides to approve the proposal, Linda Young, executive director of the Clean Water Network, said the organization “absolutely … will file suit.”

Florida’s easement of regulations on carcinogenic and toxic chemicals could be another threat to the state’s waterways and the health of residents. The state is already challenged by “guacamole-thick” algae.

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  1. Hang the Retards that are causing this or shut the fuck up and suck it up

  2. I think they should have to drink and bath in only that water

  3. You must keep the water clean!

  4. It’s like they’re trying to ruin the earth .. Won’t realize until it’s too late ..

  5. Linda Hand Linda Hand says:

    not. Good. Stop. This

  6. What ? Somenody must be in jail for that!!!!!

  7. What don’t they understand??? We need clean water to survive!!!

  8. Florida will be gone Global warming will see to that !! There ridiculous millionaire gov not a believer until they have to declare emergency and call on the Feds !!!

  9. Create a filtration system as large as you can build it.smh

  10. Wade Crum Wade Crum says:

    It’s odd that the EPA will shut down Coal and allow this.

  11. Excuse for more fluoride.

  12. Oust the bums who allow it to happen.

  13. Keep your environment clean and you will not have polluted water simple as for waste water do not release until purified or make millionaires use it in order for them to quit getting tax breaks and start contributing to the betterment of man kind green energy clean water etc

  14. TheodoreiZaccagnini@hotmail.com' Gary Fekete says:

    The proposal would also lessen the allowed limits on 13 chemicals, including two carcinogens, that are already regulated by the state. Environmental and health advocates say the new limits would severely weaken drinking water standards, exposing Floridians to more toxic chemicals, including those linked to cancer.

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