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Environmentalists Angry Over New Law

The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Environmental groups said they’re unhappy but not surprised that Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill they say favors industry over protecting Florida’s waterways, the Tampa Bay Times reports.  
Parts of the law that loosen regulation drew heavy lobbying from developers, phosphate miners and power companies. Environmental groups say their opposition was barely heard, and even a last-ditch plea from former Florida governor and  U.S. Sen. Bob Graham didn’t make a difference on this bill. 

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