Governing Law and Regulations
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. As a general rule, Florida considers information that is submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as an official submission (permit application, reporting form, etc.) is available to the general public. However, companies may protect certain confidential business information on the grounds that it constitutes a trade secret. Some information may never be treated as a trade secret.
All or part of an environmental audit may be protected under attorney-client privilege laws. The attorney-client privilege applies to the confidential communication made by a client to his or her attorney acting as a legal advisor and made for the purpose of obtaining legal advice on some right or obligation. The purpose of the privilege is to allow a client to confide in his or her attorney secure in the knowledge that the communication will not be disclosed. For additional information on attorney-client privilege claims, see the national section AUDITS.
• Administration and enforcement. The various state agencies ...