Florida Effluent Limitations regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida Effluent Limitations: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits: Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-621.100 to 62-621.800

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Surface water quality: FAC 62-302.200 to 62-302.800

Antidegradation: FAC 62-302.300

Surface water classification: FAC 62-302.400

Outstanding waters: FAC 62-302.700

Impaired surface waters: FAC 62-303.100 to 62-303.720

Federal standards: 40 CFR 131

Total maximum daily loads (TMDLs): FAC 62-40.430

Regulatory Agencies

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water Resource Management

Florida Water Management Districts

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Florida has developed its own water-quality-based limits. Substances recognized as pollutants, as well as their associated allowable concentrations, are identified in Florida's water quality standards, which generally follow the federal guidelines. In addition, Florida has adopted the federal technology-based effluent limitations.

State water quality standards for impaired and outstanding resource waters are established for specific surface water bodies and greatly influence the allowable effluent limitations.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established federal numeric nutrient water quality standards for inland water bodies and is in the process of proposing standards for estuaries.

Administration and enforcement. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Water Resource Management and the Florida Water Management Districts administer and enforce the state's water quality management ...


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