Make polluters pay

 

Reef Relief in Key West, a 26-year environmental organization dedicated to protecting coral reefs, applauds the Central Everglades Planning Project.

However the Aug. 20 editorial, Saving the Everglades, didn’t mention the “polluters pay” constitutional amendment that was passed by Florida voters. State lawmakers, who never met a polluter they didn’t love, gutted this amendment and continue to let polluters off the hook.

Commercial agriculture in Florida takes a public resource, water, fouls it with nutrients and pesticide pollutants and releases it into our ecosystem without cleaning it first.

Instead of spending billions in public money to clean up after these polluters, why not require them to clean up the water they use and abuse before they release it onto the land and into the ecosystem? Fouling Florida for profit is obscenely wrong.

Peter Anderson, Key West

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