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Florida PEER is dedicated to fostering a necessary climate of oversight by helping the honest employees in those agencies to do their jobs. These employees often find themselves marginalized, even blackballed, if they try to abide by the very laws that they are sworn to uphold.
We heard a lot in the last election about a “culture of corruption” in Congress. Well, we see the same such corruption in the state environmental agencies tasked with the job of ensuring that our environment is preserved. It is a corruption at the highest levels of decision-making. A corruption that, left unabated, has lead to the destruction of the fragile environment and its natural resources. In time, this negligence will also lead to a declining economy when tourists ultimately decide that they don’t want to spend their hard-earned dollars on beaches and rivers that are choked with harmful algae and pollutants – beaches and rivers that are also devoid of much of the fish and wildlife that we cherish.
NEWS FROM FLORIDA
Toxic “Forever Chemicals” May be Accumulating in Drinking Water Aquifer
Florida Needs to Develop Monitoring Program and Safety Standards
Governor DeSantis’ Pollution Control Record Even Weaker Than Scott’s
Spills Risk COVID Exposure Yet No Abatement or Enforcement
Net Loss of More than 100 Cats in Last Five Years as Births Plunge
Annual Death Toll Reaches Third Highest; Tops Five-Year Average
Slight 2018 Election-Year Enforcement Uptick Yields Scant Results
Official Claims of Near Universal Pollution Compliance Flatly Untrue
“This is why several communities in southwest Florida — including Venice, Sarasota and North Port — passed resolutions asking DeSantis to adopt measures specifically like the one Good and Livingston drafted. They are sick of everyone else’s crap (sometimes literally)...
Federal Intervention Needed If State Continues to Ignore Major Pollution Violations
2018 Another High Lethality Year as Deaths Increasingly Outpace Declining Births
From: Governing “The environment became a central issue in the heated election after algae blooms covered most of the 730-square-mile lake and coincided with a red tide in the Gulf of Mexico this past summer, littering beaches with dead sea turtles, dolphins, manatees...
From: Trade Only Today “Two days after taking office, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has released a proposal to clean up Florida’s waters. The action items include more aggressive policies to address green algae in Lake Okeechobee and toxic spills into coastal waterways....
From: Miami Herald “DeSantis also ordered environmental enforcement moved from the state’s wildlife agency to the DEP. Under Scott, enforcement plummeted to its lowest in three decades last year, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Even...
More Than One-Seventh of Population Perished as Red Tide Mortality Tripled
DEP Has to Return to Pollution Control Basics to Reverse Spiraling Eco-Threats
Clewiston Phosphorus and Other Pollution Violations Go Unpunished and Unabated
Continued Illegal Discharges Amid Record Gulf Red Tide Outbreaks
Red Tide Drives Manatee Mortality So Far in 2018 to Third-Highest All Time
Hurricane Irma Led to Massive Animal Waste Discharges with No Monitoring