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Florida Hazardous Substance Storage: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Aboveground storage tanks (ASTs): Florida Administrative Code (FAC) FAC 62-762.101 to 62-762.901

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Underground storage tanks (USTs): FAC 62-761.100 to 62-761.900

Hazardous substance releases: FAC 62-150.300

Hazardous waste storage facility rules: Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-730.180(1) and FAC 62-730.180(2) (interim status)

Regulatory Agencies

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) Division of Agricultural Environmental Services Bureau of Pesticides

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. "Hazardous substances" is a broad classification that includes hazardous wastes, toxic pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and certain hazardous chemical substances or mixtures. Florida's regulations for hazardous substance storage generally follow EPA's federal regulations, with additional state provisions. For additional information, see the national section HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE STORAGE.

Florida has adopted regulations that apply to AST systems having individual storage tank capacities greater than 550 gallons (gal) that contain fuel, pollutants, or pollutants in unmaintained storage tank systems. There are also separate standards for ASTs utilized for mineral acid storage with capacities of greater than 110 gal. Local authorities may adopt ordinances that are more stringent than the state fire code. For a discussion of AST rules in Florida, see the state section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS


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