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U.S. SUGAR APPLAUDS COUNCIL OF 100 RESOLUTION SUPPORTING FAIRNESS FOR FARMERS IN SOLVING EVERGLADES PROBLEMS

 CLEWISTON, Fla, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Sugar Corporation praised the Florida Council of 100's announcement this week supporting a fair division of responsibility for farmers in resolving the Everglades cleanup issue.
 J. Nelson Fairbanks, president and CEO of U.S. Sugar and a member of the Council, said he was "gratified and encouraged that the business leadership of the state is lending its voice to helping create an atmosphere for a reasonable resolution of this very important issue."
 The Council of 100 composed of the top corporate executives in the state Monday announced it supported a fair division of responsibility for the state's farmers in resolving the dispute over Everglades cleanup. In a resolution passed unanimously by is board of directors, the Council endorsed the farmers concept that they will clean up their water so that only one pound of phosphorus will leave their property for each pound that comes on their property. "Basic fairness requires that private responsibility should not include the obligation to clean stormwater cleaner than rain. That responsibility," the resolution said, " should be the obligations of government."
 "We all want a positive, long-range answer to protecting the health of the South Florida eco-system while at the same time preserving farming and all of the vital economic benefit that it creates," Fairbanks said. "I am convinced an equitable solution is possible."
 Fairbanks said U.S. Sugar has offered an Environmental Peace plan endorsed by the greater majority of farmers in the region which will accomplish those goals.
 Robert Buker, senior vice president of U.S. Sugar and the company's chief negotiator in mediation talks under way to attempt to reach a negotiated solution to the problem, said, "We are inches apart in reaching a solution. We are hopeful we can push soon for closure on this matter and save farmers and the taxpayers millions of dollars in litigation expenses. We want to get on with the job of working for a protected Everglades."
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 /CONTACT: Sylvia Walter of the U.S. Sugar Corporation, 813-983-8121/


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