The Federal Government has granted Florida’s request for wider authority over wetlands under the Clean Water Act.
Florida becomes one of a handful of states with broader permitting authority of wetlands under the federal Clean Water Act.
Michigan and New Jersey had been granted similar authority decades ago.
Florida’s request to gain sole permitting authority was launched under the administration of Gov. Rick Scott, now a U.S. senator, who said the EPA’s action does away with “duplicative
rules on the state and federal levels” that, he said, “were a waste of taxpayer dollars, and created confusion for everyone involved.”