Demand that EPA Enforce the Clean Water Act in Florida
  • Petitioned Cynthia Giles

This petition was delivered to:

Assistant Administrator
Cynthia Giles
Regional Administrator
Gwendolyn Keyes-Fleming
Administrator, U.S. EPA
Administrator Lisa Jackson

Demand that EPA Enforce the Clean Water Act in Florida

    1. Petition by

      Jerry Phillips, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

      Tallahassee, FL

For the past year EPA has continuously ignored a serious violation of the Clean Water Act and its implementation in Florida. Specifically, EPA has been asked by way of a previous petition filed on February 23, 2011, by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Florida Clean Water Network (FCWN) to investigate allegations that Herschel T. Vinyard, Secretary of the Florida, Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has a conflict of interest in matters concerning the administration of the Clean Water Act in Florida. This conflict of interest arises because of Secretary Vinyard’s prior employment at BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards, a regulated entity under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. The Clean Water Act (and internal legal opinions of EPA’s lawyers agree) is clear that conflicts of interest such as this are not allowed. Yet, Secretary Vinyard continues to serve as the head of the FDEP all the while being involved with (1) the development of a narrative nutrient criteria rule (2) the development of Total Maximum Daily Loads throughout Florida and (3) permitting and enforcement decisions pertaining to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Secretary Vinyard’s continued involvement in Clean Water Act issues compromises the integrity of the program in Florida, yet EPA continues to look the other way.

 

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. EPA Has Asked Secretary Vinyard to Explain His Conflict of Interest

      PEER has received word from EPA that the agency has now asked Secretary Vnyard to explain his prior employment, stemming from yet a second denial from his counsel that he worked for the company (form more than 14 days) that he once claimed gave him the experience to head Florida's largest environmental agency. See PEER's recent press release on this development.

    2. EPA Region 4 Information Request Has Been Sent To FDEP

      On November 21, 2011 EPA advised us in writing that by December 5, 2011 they would have a "final response" to us on our petition. That was 5 months ago. Region 4 has just now asked Secretary Vinyard to explain his prior employer's corporate structure as well as the conflicting information that he sent to EPA about the identity of his previous employer. EPA did not give Secretary Vinyard a deadline for responding.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. See PEER Press Release

      This link provides additional information on this issue

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • James Witt NEW PORT RCHY, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Am Florida home owner & concern with regard towards clean Water & clean Air.

      The Clean Water Act, must be reviewed, for all of Florida's 30,000 Lakes & water ways.

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    • Michael Bennett COOKSON, OK
      • over 2 years ago

      Clean Water for ALL!

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    • su zim NATURELAND, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      WE WORK SO HARD TO GET ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS. NOW ENFORCE THEM. FLORIDA DEPENDS ON CLEAN WATER FOR ITS CITIZENS, THE SEA LIFE, AND TOURISM, ETC. WHEN THE LAST RIVER IS POLLUTED AND DEVOID OF ANY SEA LIFE, CEO's and CORPORATIONS WILL DISCOVER THEY CAN'T EAT MONEY.

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    • Deb Duxbury ARIZONA CITY, AZ
      • over 2 years ago
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    • Louis C. Harris, Jr. CHERRY HILL, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      When, oh when will we become mature enough to take environmental degradation seriously.

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