TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is restarting development of tougher water pollution regulations to avoid an impending federal takeover of that responsibility.
The state Department of Environmental Protection received technical questions but little comment on its proposals at a public meeting Wednesday in Tallahassee.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to give Florida another chance after years of delay.
The EPA, though, will implement its own standards the new state rules are unacceptable.
Agricultural and business interests and many local governments oppose the federal rules, saying they would cost billions to implement.
EPA says those estimates are grossly exaggerated.
Opponents also Wednesday lost their appeal of a court settlement with environmentalists that required EPA to develop its rules.
Current state rules are blamed for letting Florida waters become choked with algae.
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