Governing Law and Regulations
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Florida Department of Health (DOH) Bureau of Laboratories
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. The state generally follows the federal effluent limitations necessary to provide reasonable assurance that a discharge will not cause or contribute to violations of water quality standards, including chemical-specific limits and whole effluent toxicity (WET) limits required in National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. For more information about WET testing in NPDES permits, see the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING.
Florida regulations require bioassays to determine compliance with water quality standards in mixing zones and in open ocean discharges. Biological monitoring may also be required as a condition of the state's wastewater discharge permit.
The state has adopted regulations that require certification of environmental testing laboratories.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP is authorized to administer the state's water quality ...