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Chief science officer defends water-quality bills that critics argue are deeply flawed

February 19, 2020
https://www.floridaphoenix.com/2020/02/13/chief-science-officer-defends-water-quality-bills-that-critics-argue-are-deeply-flawed/

Florida Chief Science Officer Tom Frazer on Thursday defended his praise of water-quality legislation that environmentalists say is designed to fail and protects polluters.

“I stand by my statement [published in the Sarasota Bradenton-Herald] that SB 712 is one of the most progressive and comprehensive pieces of legislation that we have seen in over a decade,” Frazer said in remarks issued by his office.

“SB 712 addresses a broad suite of nutrient sources that affect Florida’s water quality – including septic tanks, wastewater, agriculture, and stormwater. This legislation is a step forward on every front.”

The Florida Phoenix wrote Wednesday that clean water groups asked Frazer to “set the record straight.”

In a joint letter released Wednesday, the Florida Springs Council, Florida Waterkeepers, and Sierra Club of Florida critiqued SB 712, sponsored by Sen. Debbie Mayfield, a Republican who represents parts of Brevard and Indian River counties, calling it “well intentioned” but “deeply flawed.” Similar legislation is sponsored in the House by Rep. Bobby Payne, a north-central Florida Republican.

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