Florida Water - General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Florida Water - General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Act, Florida Statutes (FS) 403.011 to 403.067

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Florida Safe Drinking Water Act, FS 403.850 to 403.88

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

Effluent limitations: FAC 62-650.200 to 62-650.500 and FAC 62-40.430

Pretreatment standards: FAC 62-625.110 to 62-625.880

Thermal discharges: FAC 62-302.520

Stormwater: FAC 62-25.001 to 62-625.900

Agricultural pollution: FAC 62-670.200 to 62-670.600

Operator certification: FAC 62-602 and FAC 62-699

Groundwater: FAC 62-520.200 to 62-520.900

Drinking water: FAC 62-550.102 to 62-550.828

Oil spills: FS 376.011 to 376.317

Wetlands: FAC 62-340.100 to 62-340.750 and FAC 62-343.010 to 62-343.140

Regulatory Agencies

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Florida Regional Water Management Districts

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

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Florida generally follows the federal rules under the Clean Water Act (CWA). However, Florida has created the Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) program, which it operates in conjunction with its authority to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. Under the ERP, permits are processed by either the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) or the appropriate Water Management District office, depending on what activity is being permitted. The state ERP program gives responsibility for protecting state wetlands to both the DEP and the state Water Management Districts. Stormwater discharges ...

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