Governing Law and Regulations
Florida Department of Community Affairs State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Local emergency planning committees (LEPCs)
Local fire departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Florida follows the federal rules for reportable releases of hazardous substances, as explained in the national section RELEASE NOTIFICATION. In the event of a release, state and local authorities must be notified.
Florida provides reporting requirements for regulated substances from storage tanks, hazardous substances releases, pollutant releases, pollutant releases from nonspecific sources, and extremely hazardous waste releases.
• Administration and enforcement. SERC coordinates and implements the state's release notification rules. Some of the first responder authority has been delegated to LEPCs and local fire departments. SERC has the authority to investigate alleged violations and refer violations for prosecution to the appropriate DEP enforcement agencies.
If an incident occurs at a facility, actions must be taken promptly to investigate ...