Clean Water Network Drops Federal Challenge

Jun 1, 2017

Activists are abandoning a federal challenge of Florida’s water quality standards after the Trump Administration refused to step in.

The Florida Clean Water Network is dropping a federal challenge to Florida's new water quality standards after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency refused a formal request to order a rewrite.
Credit Florida Clean Water Network

Florida Clean Water Network head Linda Young claims relaxed standards for some cancer-causing substances, including benzene, threaten human health.

But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to order a rewrite while other legal challenges are pending.

Young says it’s pointless to sue the EPA after Trump promised to ease regulations.

“Bad cases make bad law and that’s what we’re looking at here if we move forward with a mandatory duty lawsuit right now, is that we’ll get some bad law out of it.”

Young filed the federal challenge before Trump took office. Florida regulators claim the new standards, which cover previously unregulated chemicals, are perfectly safe.  

A state hearing officer dismissed an initial challenge on technical grounds without ruling on the merits of the complaint.