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Headaches and money drain of “Water Wars” nearly avoided a decade ago

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An old issue returned to the news last week when a U.S. Supreme Court-appointed special master recommended the Court rule against Florida in the ongoing Water Wars saga. Ralph Lancaster said Florida has not “met its burden” in proving reduced water flows from Georgia into the Apalachicola River are the cause for the harm befalling the region’s seafood industry. For nearly three decades Florida has tried to ensure sufficient water comes into the panhandle region that houses a good portion of…

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Agency urged to take more time with Rick Scott’s pollution spill rule

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Business interests and local governments urged the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Monday to slow the rush toward an emergency pollution spill warning regulation being pushed by Gov. Rick Scott. Still, a department representative said during a hearing before an administrative officer that public comments would remain open only until 5 p.m. Wednesday, after which officials would begin preparing the final regulation. “We certainly will take the comments that were previously provided, as well as those today, and the department…

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