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State judge sides with DEP in water quality rules challenge

An administrative law judge on Thursday upheld the state's proposed new water quality rules that are intended to replace federal rules that agriculture and industry groups oppose. 

Environmental groups had challenged the rules, called numeric nutrient criteria, saying they are weak and unenforceable and would lead to continued toxic algae blooms in Florida waters. However,  Administrative Law Judge Bram D. E. Canter said in his 58-page order the groups failed to make their case with the evidence presented.

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