Florida Pollution Prevention regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida Pollution Prevention: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Florida Pollution Prevention Act, Florida Statutes (FS) 403.072 to 403.074

Regulatory Agencies
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Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management Pollution Prevention Program

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. Florida's 1991 Pollution Prevention Act provides statewide pollution prevention (P2) goals for the public sector, but does not impose any specific requirements to meet these goals. All state agencies, the state university system, community colleges, and all municipalities, counties, regional agencies, and special districts are required to develop and implement strategies to prevent pollution, including public information programs and education programs.

However, both the public and private sectors must comply with federal pollution prevention requirements in Florida. These federal requirements are described in the national section POLLUTION PREVENTION.

Administration and enforcement. DEP's Division of Waste Management administers and enforces Florida's P2 program.

State Requirements


The goal of Florida's P2 program is to increase the use of multimedia pollution prevention as the preferred method of reducing pollution from industrial processes. The program provides information and assistance to meet this goal. Further, P2 strategies and practices often put a facility ahead of the regulatory curve exceeding current regulations and preparing for future regulatory standards.

Technical assistance. Nonregulatory P2 technical assistance to business, ...

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