Gov. Rick Scott has put those once regulated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in key positions at the agency. Those who have fought hard for the environment have been fired or laid off.
The Tampa Bay Times reports: “The DEP’s deputy secretary in charge of regulatory programs previously spent a decade as an engineer who specialized in getting clients their environmental permits. Another engineer who worked for developers heads up the division of water resources. A lawyer who helped power plants get their permits is now in charge of air pollution permitting. An engineering company lobbyist became a deputy director overseeing water and sewer facilities.”
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