For the Petroleum Cleanup Participation Program the legislation requires that limited contamination assessment reports be able to support and estimate costs of the proposed course of action; allows a demonstration of cost savings to replace or supplement the current cost-share requirement; defines Risk Management Option Levels I and II; removes the provision which allowed for limited contamination assessment reports and copayment costs to be reduced or eliminated for owners and operators who have trouble financially complying; and eliminates the 120-day time constraint for negotiations.
For the Advance Cleanup Program, the legislation requires, among a number of changes, that the applicant's contractor provide a scope of work to DEP for the limited contamination assessment; requires that once the scope is agreed upon, DEP must issue purchase orders for the assessment; and requires that the owner or responsible party continues to engage in the advance cleanup program after the limited contamination assessment and finalization of the proposed course of action.
Furthermore, the legislation allows DEP to use the Inland Protection Trust Fund to address damage to storage systems caused by ethanol or biodiesel.
Environmental Regulation. The 2020 Legislature enacted Chapter 2020-41, Laws of Florida, which, among other changes, added requirements for contracts between local governments and residential recycling collectors or recovered materials processing facilities. Contracts must now include a definition of "contaminated recyclable material," strategies and responsibilities of the county or municipality and of the recycling collector to reduce the amount of contaminated recycling, how contaminated material will be identified, documented, managed, and rejected, remedies for contaminated recycling material, and education and enforcement used to help reduce the amount of contaminated material. These provisions must be included in contracts executed or renewed after October 1, 2020.
Waste Management Database Reports
2019 Florida Brownfields Redevelopment Program Annual Report, Department of Environmental Protection, August 2019.
FDEP Brownfield and CERCLA Site Screening Section Final Report, Department of Environmental Protection and Division of Waste Management, December, 2019.
Websites of Interest
Division of Waste Management Institutional Controls Registry (ICR) Mapping Site
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Land, Waste, and Cleanup Topics
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Contaminated Site Clean-Up Information
Southern Waste Information Exchange
Division of Waste Management, 850-245-8705