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Florida Environment - General: What you need to know

Overview of Florida's Environmental Rules


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In Florida, the counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP is responsible for protecting Florida's land, water, and air from pollution. Florida has been delegated the authority by EPA to administer and enforce many federal environmental programs, including air emissions regulation and permitting, water quality standards, wastewater discharge permitting, stormwater management, and hazardous and solid waste management. State rules for groundwater protection and various waste management activities are more stringent than corresponding federal rules.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces worker safety and hazard communication standards for private sector employers. There are no federal or state worker safety, safety training, or hazard communication rules for nonfederal public sector employers in Florida.


Florida's air program is shaped by its state implementation plan (SIP), which sets forth basic strategies for implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. As mandated by the federal Clean Air Act, each state must adopt and submit a SIP to EPA for approval. The SIP focuses on permitting requirements, hazardous air pollutants, source-specific emissions standards, and numerous other air-related requirements.

Florida's air program is implemented and enforced by DEP's Division of Air Resource Management.


Florida generally follows the federal rules under the Clean Water Act. However, Florida's Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) program is in ...

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