Citing the unilateral decision to impose numeric nutrient criteria in Florida and the federal lawsuit seeking similar action in the Mississippi River Basin, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) recently sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson asking for EPA’s prompt approval of Florida’s standards and the withdrawal of the EPA’s controversial federal standards.

The letter states that these recent “developments do not represent good policy and have the potential to directly and detrimentally interfere with each and every agricultural producer’s operation.”  NASDA believes that the EPA should “recognize the States’ primacy in implementing the Clean Water Act” as contemplated by the “cooperative federalism structure” of the Act.