Sticky: Conservation groups say ‘we are under assault’ by Scott, Florida lawmakers

Environmental issues are always part of the legislative give-and-take when Florida lawmakers convene in Tallahassee.

Midway through this year’s session, though, the give-and-take is looking more like a hit-and-run to conservation groups.

“We are under assault on all fronts,” Audubon of Florida executive director Eric Draper said. “We’re getting beaten up pretty hard up here.”

Bills are moving through the state Legislature that would deregulate growth management, repeal septic tank inspection requirements and create new exemptions from wetlands permitting rules.

Other bills seek to roll back local government fertilizer bans and blunt controversial new EPA regulations that would set stricter standards for nutrient pollution caused, in part, by fertilizer runoff into Florida waterways.

Even rescuing the Florida Forever land preservation program, a salve in the past for environmental groups bruised by rocky legislative sessions, looks like a long shot this year amid budget worries… SOURCE

THE ALL OUT ASSAULT AND CONTINUED TAKEOVER OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA BY BIG BUSINESS CONTINUES…

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