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Judge Hands Everglades Permitting to EPA

Last week, U.S. District Judge Alan S. Gold announced his intention to strip the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection (FDEP) of its authority to issue permits under the Clean Water Act and return that power to the U.S. EPA. See Miccosukee Tribe v. USA et al., No. 1:04-cv-21448 (S.D. Fl. Apr. 26, 2011).  In response, the FDEP stated that the judge is "essentially federalizing Florida's Everglades restoration permitting process."  The opinion clarifed his April 2010 opinion, in which he said the U.S. EPA, FDEP and the South Florida Water Management District had failed to enforce the Clean Water Act.

©2022 Greenberg Traurig, LLP. All rights reserved. National Law Review, Volume I, Number 125
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Caleb Holmes, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Philadelphia, Environmental Law Litigation Attorney
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Caleb represents businesses in state and federal courts in environmental and commercial litigation matters. He advises and represents industrial and state clients on environmental issues arising in permitting, compliance activities, as well as business and real estate transactions generally. Caleb represents natural gas exploration and production companies and midstream...

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