Everglades Pollution Bill (HB 7065) gives the sugar industry a free ride.
The House Appropriations Committee will vote on this bill at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.
Call your state Representative now!
The Sierra Club opposes HB 7065, a bill that seeks to drastically weaken Everglades cleanup standards to benefit the sugar industry.
The ailing Everglades cannot afford delay. Its waters cannot be restored until polluting phosphorus effluent discharged by the sugar industry is cleaned up.
HB 7065 lets the sugar companies off the hook.
– The bill caps the sugar companies’ share of the $880 million cleanup leaving the bulk on on the shoulders of taxpayers.
– It does not require the sugar industry to further reduce phosphorus coming off their lands.
– It doesn’t require the sugar companies to pay their fair share of the rising cost of cleanup and leaves the industry’s meager share at 14 percent of 1994 levels.
HB 7065 jumps the gun.
– It tries to legalize on the state level a bad cleanup proposal that must ultimately be decided by the Federal Court.
– It is highly unlikely the Federal Court would agree to this proposal that lets the sugar industry off the hook
– It is a waste of state resources to pass a bill until a cleanup plan has been agreed to by the Federal Court.
HB 7065 hurts the 7.5 million Floridians who rely on the Everglades for their clean drinking water.
– This bill allows the sugar industry to pollute in the same way they have been doing for years.
– It takes away State accountability.
This bill was written for the benefit of the sugar industry. It creates potential conflicts with Federal rules and the Courts and allows polluters to continue their business as usual at the expense of the Everglades and taxpayers.
Check the list below and see if your Representative is on it. Call him or her, then call as many as you can starting with the counties closest to you. Tell the Representatives to vote against HB 7065 to protect the Everglades and the drinking water supply for almost 8 million people.
House Appropriations Committee 2013
Rep. Seth McKeel, Chair Polk County
(850) 717-5040 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Steve Crisafulli, V. Ch. Brevard County
(850) 717-5051 email@example.com
Rep. Ben Albritton DeSoto County
(850) 717-5056 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Dennis Baxley Marion County
(850) 717-5023 email@example.com
Rep. Marti Coley Holmes County
(850) 717-5005 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Richard Corcoran Pasco County
(850) 717-5037 email@example.com
Rep. Janet Cruz Hillsborough County
(850) 717-5062 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Erik Fresen Miami-Dade County
(850) 717-5114 email@example.com
Rep. Reggie Fullwood Duval County
(850) 717-5013 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Joe Gibbons Broward County
(850) 717-5100 email@example.com
Rep. Eddy Gonzalez Miami-Dade County
(850) 717-5111 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Ed Hooper Pinellas County
(850) 717-5067 email@example.com
Rep. Matt Hudson Collier County
(850) 717-5080 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Clay Ingram Escambia County
(850) 717-5001 email@example.com
Rep. Mia Jones (M) Duval County
(850) 717-5014 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Charles McBurney Duval County
(850) 717-5016 email@example.com
Rep. Marlene O’Toole Lake County
(850) 717-5033 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Mark Pafford Palm Beach County
(850) 717-5086 email@example.com
Rep. Jimmy T. Patronis Bay County
(850) 717-5006 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Steve Precourt Orange County
(850) 717-5044 email@example.com
Rep. Hazelle P. Rogers Broward County
(850) 717-5095 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Darryl Rouson Hillsborough County
(850) 717-5070 email@example.com
Rep. Cynthia A. Stafford Miami-Dade County
(850) 717-5109 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. W. Gregory Steub Manatee County
(850) 717-5073 email@example.com
Rep. Perry E. Thurston, Jr. Broward County
(850) 717-5094 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Alan B. Williams Gadsden County
(850) 717-5008 email@example.com
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