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PEER – Environmental Report

This week, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility issued a disturbing report highlighting just how slack things have gotten when it comes to environmental regulation in Florida. According to an analysis of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s work, after 2010- the year Gov. Rick Scott was elected – anti-pollution enforcement in the state took a nosedive. In 2014, the state pursued just 234 enforcement cases, compared to more than 1,500 in 2010. PEER determined that, overall, the state has seen sharp, steady declines in the enforcement of major regulations programs governing everything from clean air and water to industrial waste, hazardous waste and beaches and coastal waters. “Under Scott, the DEP has largely ceased engaging in meaningful environmental protection,” Florida …
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