Permitting and Compliance Assistance Program
Hazardous Waste Regulation
This section is responsible for the management of the statewide Hazardous Waste program which
includes interaction with EPA, district offices and other department programs pertaining to
Hazardous Waste compliance, enforcement and permitting. The section is also responsible for
the implementation of the federally delegated Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
program, which issues permits for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and land disposal
facilities. Technical assistance and training are provided to the district offices and the
Solid Waste Management
This section is responsible for implementing the state's solid waste management program. It
administers the Financial Assurance Program and Full Cost Accounting for solid waste facilities.
Technical assistance is provided to the district offices concerning the permitting, compliance
and enforcement activities associated with solid waste facilities.
- Storage Tank Compliance
The Storage Tank Compliance Section is part of the Permitting and Compliance Assistance Program
in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (FDEP) Division of Waste Management. In
1983, Florida was one of the first states in the union to pass legislation and adopt rules for
underground and aboveground storage tank systems. Since then, over 28,000 facilities have reported
discharges of petroleum products from storage tank systems. Florida relies on groundwater for
about 92 percent of its drinking water needs, and has some of the most stringent rules in the
country. All new and replacement storage tank systems require secondary containment.
This section is responsible for several waste management program areas: state-wide recycling
and waste reduction, household hazardous waste, mercury lamps and devices, batteries, unwanted
medications, electronics scrap, and certain pesticides through Operation Cleansweep. Grants are
also provided to local governments for the implementation of solid waste management, innovative
recycling programs and household hazardous waste collection centers.
March 13, 2014