Bill Text: FL S2474 | 2010 | Regular Session | Introduced

Bill Title: Numeric Nutrient Criteria for the State's Waters [EPSC]

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Failed) 2010-04-30 - Died in Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation [S2474 Detail]

Download: Florida-2010-S2474-Introduced.html
       Florida Senate - 2010                                    SM 2474 
       By Senator Baker 
       20-01579A-10                                          20102474__ 
    1                           Senate Memorial                          
    2         A memorial to the Congress of the United States, 
    3         urging Congress to encourage the United States 
    4         Environmental Protection Agency to work closely and 
    5         collaboratively with the State of Florida to establish 
    6         numeric nutrient criteria for the state’s waters. 
    8         WHEREAS, the United States Environmental Protection Agency 
    9  determined that the State of Florida’s caps on acceptable 
   10  phosphorus and nitrogen levels in its waters need federal 
   11  intervention and more stringent standards, even though Florida 
   12  has one of the most sophisticated water quality standards 
   13  programs in the nation, and 
   14         WHEREAS, the agency plans to propose increased numeric 
   15  nutrient water quality standards for the state’s streams, 
   16  canals, and lakes by January 2010 and the state’s coastal waters 
   17  by January 2011, and 
   18         WHEREAS, a study commissioned by the Florida Water 
   19  Environment Association Utility Council estimates that 
   20  wastewater utilities in the state will spend between $24 billion 
   21  and $51 billion in capital costs for additional wastewater 
   22  treatment facilities and incur increases in annual operating 
   23  costs between $4 million and $1 billion to comply with the 
   24  proposed federal numeric nutrient criteria, and 
   25         WHEREAS, the study reports that such increases will cause 
   26  wastewater utility rates to double on average across the state, 
   27  placing an undue burden on the state and local governments, and 
   28  may have crippling effects on business development and job 
   29  creation, and 
   30         WHEREAS, the members of the Florida Legislature value the 
   31  health of our waterways but also recognize that the proposed 
   32  regulatory changes will have severe economic consequences on 
   33  small businesses, which are the backbone of the state’s economy 
   34  and struggling under the economic recession, and 
   35         WHEREAS, believing that regulatory changes should be based 
   36  on reliable, sound scientific data and analysis, the Legislature 
   37  is concerned that the Environmental Protection Agency’s approach 
   38  in developing numeric nutrient criteria may lead to arbitrary 
   39  standards that do not consider the data collected and analyses 
   40  conducted by the state over several years to develop numeric 
   41  criteria under the Clean Water Act that are based on the best 
   42  available science and community input, and 
   43         WHEREAS, utilities in the state have made and are making 
   44  significant investments in reclaimed water infrastructure based 
   45  upon existing treatment standards that recognize the beneficial 
   46  nutrient uptake of plants that are irrigated with reclaimed 
   47  water and any new numerical standards should include these 
   48  environmental initiatives, NOW, THEREFORE, 
   50  Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 
   52         That the Congress of the United States is urged to 
   53  encourage the United States Environmental Protection Agency to 
   54  work closely and collaboratively with the State of Florida to 
   55  ensure that the numeric nutrient criteria developed for the 
   56  state are necessary to protect applicable designated uses, based 
   57  on sound scientific rationale, responsive to the specific needs 
   58  of the state’s waters, responsive to available public and 
   59  stakeholder input, and sufficient to meet the needs of the water 
   60  quality management tools available to the state. 
   61         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be 
   62  dispatched to the President of the United States, to the 
   63  President of the United States Senate, to the Speaker of the 
   64  United States House of Representatives, and to each member of 
   65  the Florida delegation to the United States Congress.