Fla. Appeals Court Upholds Sugar Farm Water Release Permits

Law360, Miami (August 7, 2015, 10:55 PM EDT) -- A Florida appeals court on Friday rejected a challenge by Florida Audubon Society and affirmed an administrative order upholding a state agency's interpretation of the Everglades Forever Act in granting permits for several sugar farms to discharge water into water treatment areas.

The appeals court, noting that state agencies are entitled to great deference in enforcing the law, found that the South Florida Water Management District's interpretation was reasonable and consistent with the act in its entirety when it granted the so-called Everglades Works of the District permits to U.S. Sugar Corp., Sugar Farms Co-op and Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative in...

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