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To Speed Up Power After Irma, Florida Electric Companies Get Pass On EPA Regulations


The Environmental Protection Agency has put a temporary freeze on the enforcement of emissions and other regulations as Florida electric companies restore power after Irma.

The companies are exempt from emissions limits and from fuel and operating restrictions, among other regulations.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection asked for the exemptions after it waived permit requirements.

The effort is aimed at helping electric companies restore power.

Statewide some 10 million Florida customers remain without power more than a week after Irma churned ashore. Most customers have had their power restored.

Electric companies must report any time they operate outside of regulations. Enforcement resumes next week.


Amy Green covered the environment for WMFE until 2023. Her work included the 2020 podcast DRAINED.
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