TC PALM: Why did sugar have so much influence on water management district rules?

TC Palm: Written by Gil Smart. September 4, 2017

Funny, and here I thought the “S” in SFWMD stood for “South” — South Florida Water Management District.

Turns out, “S” is for “sugar.”

And that ought to leave a sour taste in everyone’s mouths.

As detailed in a major investigation last week by TCPalm reporter Lucas Daprile, the water district allowed U.S. Sugar Corp. lobbyist Irene Quincey — a former SFWMD attorney — to dictate edits to a 2015 annual report that paved the way for toothless water-quality regulations that take polluters at their word rather than setting enforceable limits.

This occurred after the public comment period had ended, after district officials specifically asked Quincey for a “list of edits,” allocated six staffers to address her concerns, permitted her to do a final review and proposed a list of “guillotine words” in future reports to avoid “public outcry.”

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