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Florida Wetlands, Dredging Permits Could Shift to State Control

March 8, 2018, 7:56 PM

Dredge-and-fill permits in Florida, such as those being contested in a phosphate mine expansion project, would be administered by state regulators instead of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under a state Legislature-approved plan.

The Florida Senate gave final approval March 8 to H.B. 7043 by a vote of 35-1. The bill allows the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to administer Section 404 permits under the federal Clean Water Act.

The bill goes next to Gov. Rick Scott (R) for his signature. Scott’s office didn’t immediately respond to Bloomberg Environment’s request for comment.

The state ...