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Saturday, May 17, 2003


Dean urges Gov. Bush to veto Everglades legislation

posted by Aziz P. at Saturday, May 17, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Environmental issues are essential to a Democratic campaign - and the Everglades have an advantage over ANWR in that they are located in a battleground state. This brief report in the Naples News discusses the new legislation that passed the Florida Legislature and now awaits Jeb's signature.

Bush, the president's brother, has said he supports the bill. It puts into law strict technical standards for how clean the water in the massive ecosystem must be while spelling out what happens if those standards can't be scientifically met by a 2006 deadline.

Environmentalists have said the bill moves back by 13 years the deadline for when the system must be considered clean. They have called into question the state's commitment to the massive environmental project.


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