Florida NPDES regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida NPDES: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Wastewater permitting overview: Florida Administrative Code (FAC) 62-620.100 to 62-620.910

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Permit application: FAC 62-620.410(2)

Permit transfers: FAC 62-620.340

Permit fees: FAC 62-4.052

Generic permits: FAC 62-621.100 to 62-621.303

General permits: FAC 62-660.100 to 62-660.821

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

Regulatory Agencies

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Industrial Wastewater Section

Florida Regional Water Management Districts

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

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Florida has received authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for wastewater dischargers. The state generally follows the federal NPDES permitting rules and has also developed its own generic permits and general permits for specific activities that affect water quality. Florida has combined its state permitting program with its delegated NPDES permitting authority and issues wastewater permits that cover both construction and operation of facilities and activities that discharge wastewater to surface and groundwaters. For more information about the federal rules, see the national section NPDES.

The five Florida Regional Water Management Districts have also developed their own specific requirements, and some also administer the stormwater permitting requirements in the state. See the state section WATER—GENERAL for information about the Florida Regional Water Management Districts.

Administration and enforcement. The Florida Department of ...

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