The map above shows how Florida counties are impacted by the state’s light pollution rules.
The state requires that most lights on buildings and commercial buildings be turned off by 5 a.m. during the day and off at night.
The new rules require that these lights also be turned on at 5 a,m.
and 5 p.m., and they must stay on during the daytime.
Florida’s law requires a five-year waiting period before companies can retrofit to comply with the rule.
The rule has generated much controversy.
A new study by a team led by researchers from Duke University and the University of Michigan concluded that Florida’s rules were “a waste of taxpayer dollars” and a “disaster” for the state, which relies heavily on electricity generation.
It found that the rules, in addition to harming the economy, cost businesses and residents billions of dollars in lost productivity.
The report said the rules were especially burdensome for the elderly, who rely heavily on power.
A Florida-based company, FirstEnergy, was sued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection last year over the rules.
It argued that Florida would have lost $1.2 billion by not retrofitting because it was unable to meet the standards.
“The costs of complying with Florida’s light standards are projected to exceed the benefits of the rules by a factor of two,” the lawsuit said.
The companies complaint was rejected by a Florida judge, and FirstEnergy has since settled the case.
The Florida Attorney General’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case but said the state will pursue an appeal.
Some Florida officials are already pushing back on the state for failing to meet its light pollution standards.
Last month, the Florida Attorney Generals Office told a House committee that it was reviewing a report by a coalition of groups that said the standards were a waste of taxpayers money and a disaster.
A spokeswoman for Florida Attorney Gen. Pam Bondi said she was “not aware of any reports that the office is considering reviewing” the report.
“We have a long way to go, but we are doing our best to meet our goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2020,” said spokeswoman Natalie Carrigan.
In response, Bondi has called for “a full and transparent review” of Florida’s laws to ensure they are “fully enforced” and are not “overly burdensome to businesses and consumers.”