A Vote in Favor of PCB SAC 13-01 is a Vote Against Florida Taxpayers & America’s Everglades
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Everglades Foundation and Audubon Florida encourage Florida lawmakers to VOTE NO on PCB SAC 13-01 during the House State Affairs Committee tomorrow, Thursday, March 7, 2013. The State Affairs’ Proposed Committee Bill 13-01 would negatively amend the Everglades Forever Act.
“We strongly urge Florida lawmakers to vote no on the State Affairs’ Proposed Committee Bill 13-01 tomorrow,” said Eric Eikenberg, CEO of the Everglades Foundation. “This is just another instance where Florida’s sugar powers are trying to increase their profits on the backs of Florida taxpayers. Florida’s Constitution clearly states that those polluting the Everglades should be primarily responsible for its cleanup. The South Florida Water Management District has determined that 60 percent of the pollution entering the Stormwater Treatment Areas is coming from sugar farms, who only pay a fraction of the cost to clean up their pollution.”
The legislation, as currently written, would nullify an existing lawsuit by Florida Audubon Society that seeks to ensure the worst polluting farms implement effective Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce their pollution.
“The bill removes enforcement of state water quality laws and relieves the sugar industry of paying their fair share of cleanup costs,” said Eric Draper, executive director of Audubon Florida.
The Everglades Foundation, Audubon Florida and other concerned Floridians will be asking the House State Affairs Committee tomorrow to defeat this bill that clearly sides with the sugar industry at the expense of Florida taxpayers. Immediately following the committee meeting tomorrow at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. NOON EDT in Morris Hall (17 HOB), Eikenberg and Draper will be available to discuss the committee action.
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