A federal court decided in February that in the rush to transfer wetlands permitting authority to Florida in the final days of the Trump administration, federal agencies and officials had violated the Endangered Species Act and other federal laws.

Florida took over permitting under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act in December 2020. The EPA oversaw Florida’s program by reviewing draft permits. The state’s move was immediately challenged by environmental groups, seven of which filed a lawsuit in January 2021.

The decision, by U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss only resolves part of the lawsuit. Issues raised by the plaintiffs concerning other violations of the Clean Water Act and the Administrative Procedure Act still remain before the court.

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