Governing Law and Regulations
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Emergency Response
DEP Division of Water Resource Management
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Florida has not established any state-specific spill prevention plan requirements in addition to the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan. Facilities must follow the federal requirements. For more information, see the national section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN.
The state's Pollutant Discharge Prevention and Control Act requires terminal facilities to be certified by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Terminal facilities and vessels operating in state waters that have a capacity to store 10,000 gallons (gal) or more of pollutants as fuel or cargo must develop discharge prevention and control contingency plans.
• Administration and enforcement. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 administers and enforces the federal SPCC plan rules in Florida. The DEP's Office of Emergency Response administers and enforces the discharge contingency plan requirements for terminals and vessels. The DEP's Division of Water Resource Management is responsible for spill prevention at residuals management facilities.
FS 376.031(16) and FAC 62S-6.009
For the purposes of the Pollutant Discharge Prevention and Control Act, Florida defines ...