Florida Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Florida Pollutant Discharge Prevention and Control Act, Florida Statutes (FS) 376.011 to 376.317 and FS 376.19 to 376.21

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Reportable quantities: Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-780.210 and 62-780.560

Regulatory Agencies

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Law Enforcement Office of Emergency Response (OER)

DEP Division of Waste Management Bureau of Petroleum Storage Systems (BPSS)

DEP Division of Waste Management Bureau of Waste Cleanup (BWC)

Florida State Emergency Response Commission

National Response Center

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

Florida Marine Patrol

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Florida has established its own state-specific reporting and cleanup requirements for petroleum releases. The state also follows the federal release notification rules for oil spills covered under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA). See the national section OIL SPILLS for more information on the federal requirements.

Terminal facilities are required to obtain Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) certification, and vessels must develop spill contingency plans. Certain oil storage facilities are required to follow the federal spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) plan rules. For more information, see the state section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN.

Administration and enforcement. DEP's OER is the lead contact for emergency response incidents involving the release of petroleum products. If a petroleum release cleanup cannot be accomplished by product and soil removal alone, the release incident will be referred to BPSS ...

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