Florida Release Notification regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida Release Notification: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Underground storage tank (UST) releases: Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-761.820

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Definitions: FAC 62-761.200

Reportable incidents: FAC 62-761.450(2)(a)

Petroleum contamination: FAC 62-780.210

Hazardous substance releases: FAC 62-150.300

Extremely hazardous substances: FAC 9G-14.011

Oil spills: Florida Pollutant Discharge Prevention and Control Act, Florida Statutes (FS) 376.011 to 376.317

Pollutant discharges: FAC 62S-6.022

Regulatory Agencies

Florida Department of Community Affairs State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Local emergency planning committees (LEPCs)

Local fire departments

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Florida follows the federal rules for reportable releases of hazardous substances, as explained in the national section RELEASE NOTIFICATION. In the event of a release, state and local authorities must be notified.

Florida provides reporting requirements for regulated substances from storage tanks, hazardous substances releases, pollutant releases, pollutant releases from nonspecific sources, and extremely hazardous waste releases.

Administration and enforcement. SERC coordinates and implements the state's release notification rules. Some of the first responder authority has been delegated to LEPCs and local fire departments. SERC has the authority to investigate alleged violations and refer violations for prosecution to the appropriate DEP enforcement agencies.

State Requirements


FAC 62-761.820

If an incident occurs at a facility, actions must be taken promptly to investigate ...

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Florida Release Notification Resources

Type Title
Checklists CERCLA Release Reporting Checklist
Forms Spill/Release Report Form
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