Governing Law and Regulations
Florida resource recovery and management laws: Florida Statutes (FS) 403.702 to 403.7895
Florida Statewide Multipurpose Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Act, FS 403.78 to 403.7895
Florida Beaches and Shoreline Preservation Act, FS 161.011 to 161.58
Florida Coastal Management Act, FS 380.20 to 380.285
Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Act, FS 403.011 to 403.42
Florida Pollutant Discharge Prevention and Control Act, FS 376.011 to 376.875
Environmental Land and Water Management Act of 1972, FS 380.012 to 380.12
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
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. In Florida, the counterpart to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The DEP is responsible for protecting Florida's land, water, and air from pollution.
• Administration and enforcement. Florida has received authorization from the EPA to implement its own state air, water, and waste management rules. To receive federal authorization, DEP's air, water, and waste management rules have to be, at the time of authorization, at least as stringent as the federal rules. To maintain its federal authorization, the DEP continues to either adopt EPA's latest environmental rules or adopt more stringent state standards.
DEP's Office of the Secretary is made up of three deputy secretaries and various other offices and programs:
- Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs
- Deputy Secretary Land and Recreation
- Deputy ...