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PRITCHARD CALLS FOR MORE ACTION ON EVERGLADES RESTORATION; SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT NOT ENOUGH, SAYS PRESIDENT OF PARK WATCHDOG GROUP

 MIAMI, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The President of the National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA), America's leading citizen park watchdog group, criticized today's highly touted Everglades restoration agreement as "a drop in the bucket." Paul C. Pritchard said the agreement between Flo-Sun Land Corporation and the U.S. Department of the Interior "represents a tiny percentage of the action needed to restore the Everglades ecosystem. While we are pleased to see some progress, and applaud the efforts of Secretary Babbitt to move the Everglades restoration forward, it is hard to celebrate an agreement that represents so little real progress," Pritchard said.
 NPCA supports the Florida ballot initiative that would place a penny per pound tax on sugar grown in the state. "The limited scope of the Interior/Flo-Sun agreement illustrates why the ballot initiative is necessary to move restoration efforts forward," Pritchard said. "Cleanup and pollution prevention will cost billions of dollars -- far more than the funds generated under this agreement. The penny per pound tax will shift a greater burden of cleanup to the polluters, who should bear the responsibility, and away from Florida taxpayers."
 Pritchard noted that NPCA continues to work toward a healthy Everglades ecosystem, which is centered around Everglades National Park. He renewed NPCA's call for and support of action at the state and federal levels to restore unpolluted waters to south Florida, "for the health of both the Everglades and the people of the state."
 The National Parks and Conservation Association (NPCA) is America's only private nonprofit citizen organization dedicated solely to protecting, preserving, and enhancing the U.S. National Park System. Founded in 1919, and this year celebrating its 75th anniversary as an association of "Citizens Protecting America's Parks," NPCA has more than 350,000 members.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Westra, 202-223-6722, ext. 121, or Will Callaway, Hyatt Regency Miami, 305-358-1234, both of the National Parks and Conservation Association/


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