Governing Law and Regulations
Hazardous waste law and rules: Florida Statutes (FS) 403.72 to 403.724; FS 403.75 to 403.769, Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Act, FS 403.011 to 403.067; Environmental Protection Act of 1971, FS 403.412; Pollution Prevention Act, FS 403.072 to 403.074; and regulations at Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-4, FAC 62-710, and FAC 62-730 to 62-737
Solid (nonhazardous) waste law and rules: The 1988 Florida Solid Waste Management Act, FS 403.702 to 403.7193 and regulations at FAC 62-701 to 62-709, FAC 62-711, FAC 62-716, and FAC 62-722
Underground storage tank (UST) law and rules: FS 376.303 and regulations at FAC 62-761
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste
DEP Division of Waste Management Bureau of Petroleum Storage Systems Storage Tank Regulation Section
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 waste management rules include many of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act's (RCRA) rules as well as stricter state requirements for hazardous and solid (nonhazardous) waste management, and USTs. Florida has received RCRA authorization from EPA. RCRA authorization allows DEP to administer and enforce the state's hazardous waste, solid (nonhazardous) waste, and UST management programs.
To receive RCRA authorization from EPA, a state's waste management rules must be, at the time of authorization, at least as stringent as, and consistent with, the federal RCRA rules. To maintain federal ...