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Key senators unite on springs bill with nearly $380M to treat wastewater

Sen. Wilton Simpson, center foreground, makes a point about draft springs legislation on Thursday as Sen. Bill Montford, left, and Sen. David Simmons, center-right, listen. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

A key group of Senate committee chairmen meeting among themselves on Thursday agreed to support filing a bill that would provide nearly $380 million a year to remove or improve septic tanks to protect springs and groundwater.

Florida has more than 700 springs including 33 "first-magnitude" springs that discharge more than 64 million gallons daily.

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