Florida Ag Waste regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida Ag Waste: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Discharge permits: Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-620.100 to 62-620.910

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Adoption of the federal effluent limitations for feedlots: FAC 62-660.400(1)(e)

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs): FAC 62-670.400

Dairy farms: FAC 62-670.500

Dairy farm permits: FAC 62-670.500(8)(b)

Fencing: FAC 62-670.500(5)

Setback distances: FAC 62-670.500(6)

Groundwater monitoring: FAC 62-670.500(7)

Egg production facilities: FAC 62-670.600

Permitting requirements: FAC 62-670.600(2)

Egg wash treatment: FAC 62-670.600(3)

Disposal of manure: FAC 62-670.600(4)

Groundwater monitoring: FAC 62-670.600(5) and FAC 62-28.700

District permits: FAC 40B-4.2010 and FAC 40D-400.550

Regulatory Agencies

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

State Water Management Districts

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 has received authorization from EPA to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for wastewater discharges from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The state has adopted the federal effluent limitations for feedlots. Florida has expanded pollution management requirements for dairy cattle to include milked or dry cows and for dairy farms located in the Lake Okeechobee Drainage Basin. Florida also has water pollution rules applicable to commercial egg production facilities. The Southwest Florida Water Management District and the Suwannee River Water Management District issue environmental resource permits (ERPs) for agricultural activities that take ...

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