Current Toxic Threats To Florida
The big story in Florida that's gained the attention of everyone except Rick Scott of late has been the toxic algae blooms that are swallowing South Florida, along with a good part of the fishing industry, property values, and tourism.
But just because Scott's been ignoring the problem doesn't mean he isn't focused on water quality in Florida. No sir, because while Floridans were distracted by the encroaching toxic guacamole oozing into their waterways, Scott took advantage of the absence of members in his Environmental Regulation Commission to move up a vote to green light new water quality standards that would increase the amount of carcinogens in Florida's water.
By a vote of 3-2, they did so, while claiming they were "erring on the side of human health."
Because what could be better for human health than upping the amount of benzene and dozens of other carcinogens in the water, am I right?
Under the proposal, the acceptable levels of toxins will be increased for more than two dozen known carcinogens and decreased for 13 currently regulated chemicals. DEP, however, touted the part of the plan that will impose new rules on 39 other chemicals that are not currently regulated, including two carcinogens.