Environmental Protection Agency grants permit authority over to Florida state government

Article Posted on December 18, 2020

STUART, Fla.  — A new ruling from the Environmental Protection Agency is giving Florida a power it hasn't granted to any state in more than 25 years.

The state of Florida will now have permitting authority under the Clean Water Act.

"It's a huge decision, monumental in that the federal government is saying, 'Yes, you can oversee our program,'" said state Rep. Toby Overdorf, R-Stuart. "It gives us an opportunity as the state of Florida to really have some great direction where we really want our permitting to go."

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