Compliance is a priority for DEP because it is key to protecting Florida's environment and public health.
DEP takes a proactive approach to protecting Florida’s environment through education and outreach. DEP’s overall high compliance rate demonstrates that its proactive approach to protecting Florida’s environment is working. The department’s first goal is to prevent environmental harm from occurring by using outreach to ensure facilities understand how to maintain compliance.
Compliance means that regulated businesses and facilities are following the law and adhering to permit conditions, which helps prevent environmental harm. When non-compliance does occur, the department provides compliance assistance to help bring a facility back into compliance as quickly as possible, preventing and reducing any harm to the environment or public health. However, when enforcement is necessary, action is taken to hold violators accountable.
Compliance assurance responsibilities include:
Provide timely inspections that meet state and federal requirements.
Oversee compliance with all media (air, waste, water and state lands).
Provide the regulated community with compliance assistance.
Coordination of enforcement activities.
Promote high compliance rates through outreach activities.
Respond to complaints and public inquiries both timely and effectively.
Provide the regulated and general communities with the highest customer service and problem-solving efforts rooted in respect for each party’s concerns.
Northeast District Compliance Assurance Program Areas
Focuses primarily on compliance issues associated with air pollution-producing facilities; asbestos; fugitive emissions; odors; open burning; excessive dust.
Responds to environmental threats of incidents ranging from petroleum spills caused by vehicle accidents to chemical plant explosions to coastal oil spills. Provides technical and on-site assistance in coordination with local public safety officials and emergency response contractors to ensure threats are quickly and effectively addressed.
*Report a spill or other environmental emergency to the State Watch Office at 800-320-0519.
Focuses on the proper management (generation, storage, treatment, disposal and transportation) of hazardous wastes (paints, solvents, acids, corrosives, pesticides and toxic wastes), used oil or universal wastes (spent fluorescent tubes, spent batteries and spent mercury devices).
Environmental Resource section focuses on impacts to wetlands, surface waters or state lands; dredge and/or fill activities; stormwater ponds; docks/piers; boat ramps; seawalls and other forms of shoreline stabilization.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.