Governing Law and Regulations
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Although Florida has adopted by reference the federal hazardous waste landfill requirements, there are no permitted hazardous landfills in the state, and the construction of new hazardous waste landfills is prohibited.
In addition to the federal solid waste landfill requirements, Florida has its own rules for solid (nonhazardous) waste landfills. See the state section SOLID WASTE for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste administers and enforces both the solid (nonhazardous) waste landfill requirements and the hazardous waste landfill prohibition in Florida.
HAZARDOUS WASTE LANDFILL PROHIBITION
The state prohibited the construction of new hazardous waste landfills as of November 8, 1988, except in an emergency. If by executive order the governor declares a hazardous waste management emergency, DEP may issue a 6-month temporary permit, to be used only until an alternative method of disposal can be found.