Judge Hands Over Everglades Permitting To EPA

Law360, New York (April 26, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT) -- A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Florida has not been a true steward of the Everglades in recent years, and that permitting authority under the Clean Water Act should therefore be transferred to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The ruling, issued by U.S. District Judge Alan S. Gold, effectively endorsed the EPA's plan for controlling phosphorous, which runs off from agricultural areas north of the Everglades and stimulates the growth of cattails and other vegetation that harms the fragile ecosystem.

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