Rick Scott Allows Polluters to Escape Prosecution

From Huffington Post, 08/30/2013:

The DEP collected 70 percent less fines from violators in 2012 and opened half as many environmental investigations than the year before. … “These latest figures document a jaw-dropping abdication of pollution protections in Florida,” wrote PEER Director Jerry Phillips, a former DEP enforcement attorney, who conducted the analysis. The group says Scott advised DEP staff to restrain from pursuing enforcement as well as laid off staff formerly in charge of enforcing the state’s environmental standards.

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