Revisions to Chapter 62-160, F.A.C., Quality Assurance, and the DEP Standard Operating Procedures
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published a Notice of Change (NOC) for Chapter 62-160, F.A.C. (Quality Assurance) in the Florida Administrative Register (FAR) on July 14th, 2017. The revisions to the Chapter were in response to comments received from the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee of the Florida Legislature. The edits to Chapter 62-160 published in the NOC reflect changes to the proposed revisions originally published in the FAR on 3/14/17, as part of the Notice of Proposed Rule. The text of the NOC published in the FAR may be found here.
There are no new revisions to the DEP SOPs included with the Notice of Change. Once DEP files the rule certification package with the Florida Department of State, DEP will update this page and send another Quality of Science newsletter announcement providing the date when the proposed revisions to Chapter 62-160 and the incorporated DEP SOPs will go into effect. For further information, please contact Michael Blizzard in the Aquatic Ecology and Quality Assurance Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 6511, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400; 850/245-8073; Michael.Blizzard@dep.state.fl.us.
The proposed revisions establish QA standards for the collection and analysis of water quantity data in accordance with the requirements of paragraphs 403.0623(2)(a) & (b), Florida Statutes, enacted under Chapter 2016-01, Laws of Florida (see DEP SOP FT 1800). Additionally, QA rule revisions are proposed to update the DEP field and laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (DEP SOPs) and address miscellaneous, minor revisions based on stakeholder input. These revised documents have changes tracked. Documents with numerous changes are best viewed in the “No Markup” review mode. Some tables and figures have formatting edits that were made to comply with requirements for internet posting. Any substantive changes are highlighted with yellow for pre-workshop revisions and gray for post-workshop revisions. Chapter 62-160 can only be viewed in markup format. The document DEP-QA-001/01 is not tracked due to the extensive revisions made. Standard Operating Procedures that were edited for formatting only are listed with each collection and not linked.
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