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Senate unanimously approves a host of environmental regulations

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The Senate unanimously passed a bill affecting an assortment of different environmental regulations.

LobbyTools reports that HB 589, sponsored by Rep. Cary Pigman, in part makes it easier to obtain a water well contractor license; changes regulations around phosphate mines; allows more activities to contribute to the state’s water credit trading program; provides more oversight for stormwater management construction; and allows funds in the state’s solid waste landfill closure account to pay for a wider range of activities.

The bill is now on its way to Gov. Rick Scott.

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