Environmentalists say Florida governor's choice for environment chief has conflict of interest

St. Petersburg TimesFebruary 24, 2011 

A pair of environmental groups are complaining to federal officials that the shipyard executive Gov. Rick Scott picked to lead the Department of Environment Protection cannot oversee a program that regulates how much industrial pollution can be dumped into the state’s waters.

The reason: Herschel Vinyard’s previous employer, a Jacksonville shipyard, held just such a pollution permit.

They say putting him in charge of the program to control it and other polluters is against the law.

Read the full story at miamiherald.com.

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