Gov. Rick Scott (shudder) “hit the ground running” as soon as he was sworn in on Tuesday by putting a stop to new regulations in Florida.
One of the first casualties was a proposal for rules on water pollution for mercury contamination in Florida. A public hearing had been scheduled for those rules, but then our new Governor isn’t big on things like “public hearings” so it looks like we’ll just have to eat this one.
Mercury contamination in fish in Florida waters is a growing problem and the state Department of Environmental Regulation, following federal Clean Water Act rules, was in the process of trying to identify the most contaminated water bodies and come up with a plan to clean up and prevent further pollution.
That process will now be put on hold, said Eric Draper of the Audubon of Florida, after Scott’s order freeze all regulations for 90 days and allow only those approved by his office to move forward.
“Gov. Scott is shutting down our environmental rules,” Draper said. “We know that most of Florida’s water bodies have contamination problems and we need rules to help clean them up. This stops the clean up in its tracks.”
You can browse over what might have been here:
Between the oil and the Corexit from the BP oil spill, the stalled oil spill payments, and now the mercury problem, I would say the people of Florida came up on the wrong end of the “fish or cut bait” campaign promises from Gov. Scott.