TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's incoming governor and other newly elected Republican officials have joined a chorus of politicians and others urging the Environmental Protection Agency to delay new water pollution rules.
Governor-elect Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner-elect Adam Putnam and six incoming congressmen sent a letter Friday to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.
EPA is set to announce the standards Monday. They are required by the settlement of a lawsuit filed by environmental groups. The rules are designed to abate pollution that's clogging Florida waters with deadly algae blooms.
Politicians and agriculture and business interests say they will be too costly and set back Florida's economic recovery. Friday's letter also makes that argument.