November 01, 2015

Numeric nutrient criteria in Florida: The road to cooperative federalism

Mohammad O. Jazil and David W. Childs

Since 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the state of Florida, conservancy groups, and Florida’s regulated community have waged a battle over nutrient water quality standards. An opinion issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on July 7, 2015, was its third in this Clean Water Act (CWA) case. Together with prior opinions, it resolves issues regarding EPA’s role in the establishment of water quality standards.

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