Florida congressman wants to terminate EPA

It monitors adherence to clean water and air standards. It determines if a builder can drain a wetland to build a subdivision or shopping center. It monitors greenhouse gases – the stuff that’s causing sea level rise and flooding in coastal communities. And, for the past 20 years, it’s been monitoring the health of the Everglades, Florida’s signature ecosystem.

But one Florida congressman wants to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency, long a pinata for conservatives who believe the agency strangles businesses and job growth.

Some members of Palm Beach County’s congressional delegation have sounded off on the idea.

Everglades National Park, Fl. -- The office of longtime Miami-Dade County parks naturalist Roger Hammer --  Everglades National Park.  Photo by Peter W. Cross

Everglades National Park Photo by Peter W. Cross