Financial Assurance Financial Assurance is responsible for implementing the state's financial assurance and financial responsibility programs for solid and hazardous waste and tanks programs. This working group receives, evaluates and maintains the required financial assurance mechanisms for solid waste management and hazardous waste regulation. Technical assistance is provided to the regulated community, financial institutions, district and other permitting and compliance offices and inspectors.
Hazardous Waste Management Hazardous Waste Management 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 regulated community.
Solid Waste Management Solid Waste Management is responsible for rule development, solid waste policy, financial assurance compliance, and implementing Florida’s solid waste management program. Technical assistance is provided to the district offices concerning the permitting, compliance and enforcement activities associated with solid waste facilities. These facilities can include landfills, material recovery facilities, transfer stations, composting/processing facilities and waste tire management sites. Permitting, compliance and enforcement issues associated with these sites are managed by the DEP district offices.
Storage Tank Compliance Storage Tank Compliance is part of the Permitting and Compliance Assistance Program in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's 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.
Waste Reduction Waste Reduction is responsible for statewide recycling and waste reduction. Grants are also provided to local governments for the implementation of solid waste management, innovative recycling programs and household hazardous waste collection centers.
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