Governing Law and Regulations
Florida Pollutant Discharge Prevention and Control Act, Florida Statutes (FS) 376
Water Quality Assurance Trust Fund: FS 376.307
Florida Coastal Protection Trust Fund: FS 376.11 to 376.21
Inland Protection Trust Fund: FS 376.3071
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Waste Management Bureau of Waste Cleanup
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. Although Florida's state-funded cleanup program is not as extensive as the federal Superfund program, it does grant DEP authority to assess, clean up, restore, or monitor any site involving spills, discharges, or other releases of pollutants and hazardous substances. The state's cleanup program is distinct from and supplementary to the federal Superfund program.
Many Florida communities have abandoned contaminated properties that have not been redeveloped because of concerns about the perceived cost of remediation and liability. For a discussion of these properties, commonly known as "brownfields," see the state section BROWNFIELDS for additional information.
• Administration and enforcement. DEP's Division of Waste Management administers and enforces the state's state-funded cleanup rules in Florida. DEP and EPA jointly administer the federal Superfund program in Florida.
The state-funded cleanup program is designed to address sites where there are no viable responsible parties, the site poses an imminent hazard, and the state site does not qualify for Superfund or is a low priority for ...