Florida Hazardous Waste - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida Hazardous Waste - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste management statutes and rules: Florida Statutes (FS) 403.72 to 403.724; FS 403.75 to 403.769; Environmental Protection Act of 1971, FS 403.412; Pollution Prevention Act, FS 403.072 to 403.074; and regulations at Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-710, FAC 62-730, and FAC 62-737

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Treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) permit fees: FAC 62-4.050(4)(l) and FAC 62-4.050(4)(s)

Regulatory Agencies

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste Hazardous Waste Regulation Section

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Florida's hazardous waste management rules include the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) rules and several more stringent state requirements. The state's more stringent rules apply to hazardous waste generators, transporters, owners, and operators of TSDFs, handlers of universal wastes, and handlers of used oil.

Administration and enforcement. DEP has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows DEP to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste management rules.

To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, Florida's hazardous waste management rules must be at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal hazardous waste RCRA rules at the time of authorization. To maintain federal authorization, DEP must adopt EPA's latest RCRA rules, or adopt more stringent state standards.

Note: Any federal regulation that is promulgated under the 1984 amendments ...

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