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Increasing poisons in our water

July 29, 2016
By Capt. GEORGE TUNISON ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

You could have knocked me over with a feather when I read the great new news!

Besides poisoning two rivers, slowly killing The Everglades, Florida Bay and the Keys, all for special interests and sweet greed, our water managers, politicians and others in Uncle Govern-ment in their infinite wisdom, may soon allow an increase in environmentally monitored and supposedly controlled poison chemicals and compounds in our environment.

An increase? Why, Thank You!

The Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection in an effort to help "keep us safe" has had an ongoing and quite quiet, nearly four-year push to get this passed, without public or common sense support.

Looks like with a possible final go-ahead from an out of control, now fully politicized monstrosity called the EPA, these changes may soon become law.

These changes will increase the amount of hazardous chemicals that can be allowed in the discharging of industrial and other waste into our state's rivers, streams, canals, lakes and coastal waters.

The proposed rules would go into effect in September 2016 if approved by the Florida Environmental Regulation Commission and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

DEP spokeswoman Dee Ann Miller "insisted the new rules would protect Florida's waterways"?

Pardon me Ms. Miller, but you mean as in poison is good for me, give me a double?

Does it seem to anyone else out there that the whole world has been turned upside down in the last 10 years?

The DEP did not engage in any radio, television or newspaper advertising to or for the public and no social media campaign which has activists and sane folks howling, maintaining this regulation change has been kept on the down low by the DEP for the last four years.

Leaves me wondering why DEP officials with obvious EPA support gave such little effort to inform the public?

Granted there were eight public workshops starting in May 2012 as well as two, so called public hearings, but who knew?

"None took place in 2014 and 2015. In May of 2012, about three weeks before the deadline for public comments, DEP held workshops in three cities in a 72-hour span. The only workshop in South Florida - home to two national parks and a preserve in large bodies of water - took place in West Palm Beach on May 15, 2012."

Better yet, public workshops and hearings were advertised only in the Florida Administrative Register and DEP websites, as required by state law.

Did everyone get their copy of the FAR and DEP websites? No, didn't subscribe? Missed it? Again, who knew?

The situation in south Florida should be treated as an environmental disaster and dealt with as such. Now, let's pile on more issues?

Maybe with upping the allowable toxic level limits of poisons and cancer causing chemicals released into our waterways those responsible for poisoning our environment, ruining the tourist industry and the too-many-to-list related services, can say the Lake O runoff really isn't that bad. See folks, it's all within the allowable limits!

Pretty bad.

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack reopens in Gulf state waters Monday. It will remain closed in Gulf federal waters through Dec. 31, 2016.

This is one tough fish that will test your limits. I caught a really big one in the Keys years ago. I know what I'm talking about. Still hurts.

Offshore grouper, cobia, permit, kings and Spanish macks reports. Look for birds and bait pods. Troll or cast.

Get out early for beach snook and other par boiled inshore specimens.

Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at 239-440-1621 or, or



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