TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The federal Environmental Protection Agency for the first time has set water pollution standards for a state.
The Florida rules unveiled Monday are part of a settlement with environmentalists who sued the agency.
They are designed to abate pollution from such sources as sewage treatment plants and urban and rural runoff that's choking lakes, rivers and other interior Florida waters with algae blooms.
Agriculture and business interests and politicians, including Governor-elect Rick Scott, say thy will be too costly and set back Florida's economic recovery.
EPA officials say critics' cost estimates are wildly exaggerated. The EPA puts the cost at $130 million to $200 million a year, not the billions claimed by opponents.