Florida: Department of Agriculture Representative Testifies Against EPA's Numeric Nutrient Criteria

News Date: 10/04/2011

Representing the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), Rich Budell, Director of the Office of Agricultural Water Policy, testified about the devastating impact the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Numeric Nutrient Criteria will have on Florida's economy before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife.  The hearing marked the third time this year Budell has testified before the U.S. Congress on this issue.

"DACS, working in cooperation with the University of Florida Food and Resource Economics Department, estimated the implementation costs of EPA's numeric nutrient criteria just for agricultural land uses at between $900 million and $1.6 billion annually," said Budell.  "This could result in the loss of over 14,000 jobs for the state of Florida."  For more information, click here. (By: Florida Dept. of Ag, Contact Nathan Bowen)