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“Rubio Plans To Fight EPA Water Regulations For Florida”

Mar 2, 2011 | Blog

“Rubio Plans To Fight EPA Water Regulations For Florida”

By Alex Leary

St. Petersburg Times’ “The Buzz” Blog

March 2, 2011

Sen. Marco Rubio is planning to try to insert a measure in the forthcoming budget resolution that would bar the EPA from implementing water standard rules that business groups in Florida oppose.

The move, certain to draw criticism from environmentalists, mirrors an effort by U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta. The rules are the product of contentious legal battle in Florida in which the EPA agreed to set new limits on how much nutrient pollution is allowed into waterways. Critics say the regulations will be too costly. Even Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has worked to get the EPA to hold off.

When Rooney attached his amendment to the House budget deal (which was pared back to a two-week stop-gap for now) Rubio expressed support and indicated he would try the same. Now people close to him confirm he is looking at doing so.

“At a time when our state is facing double-digit unemployment and our families are struggling with the effects of a prolonged recession, the last thing we need is another Washington mandate that will cost billions, destroy jobs and increase daily costs,” said Rubio, who raised the issue as a candidate last year.