Saying that the Florida Department of Environmental Quality (DEP) has no right to ignore federal guidelines that require waste discharge permits for large dairies, four environmental groups have filed suit. However, Florida DEP contends that permits are not required because the state already has strict measures in place to protect waterways. 

The groups want the court to force DEP to adhere to federal guidelines. And if the court doesn’t agree, the coalition plans to sue each of the 56 large commercial dairies that do not currently have waste discharge permits. For more details, click here.

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