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Northeast District Compliance Assurance

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Compliance is a priority for DEP because it is key to protecting Florida's public health and the environment.

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 to 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 environmental or public health. However, when enforcement is necessary, action is taken to hold violators accountable.

The Compliance Assurance Program's 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 citizen 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 Contact Name Contact Information

Air Resources

Focuses primarily on compliance issues associated with air pollution-producing facilities; asbestos; fugitive emissions; odors; open burning; excessive dust.

Chris Kirts

Christopher.Kirts@dep.state.fl.us 

904-256-1553

Emergency Response

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.

Gracie Kennedy

State Watch Office

Gracie.Kennedy@dep.state.fl.us 
904-256-1528

*Report a spill or other environmental emergency to the State Watch Office at 1-800-320-0519.

Hazardous Waste

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).

Pamela Fellabaum

Cheryl Mitchell

Pamela.Fellabaum@dep.state.fl.us 

904-256-1670 

 Cheryl.L.Mitchell@dep.state.fl.us

904-256-1620

NPDES Storm Water

Focuses on 1+ acre construction sites and industrial sites that are affected by stormwater with the potential to affect state waters.

Sally Logan

Sally.Logan@dep.state.fl.us 

904-256-1634

Petroleum Storage Tanks

Ensures compliance with state underground and aboveground storage tank system requirements as well as the restoration of petroleum cleanup sites.

Tim Dohaney

Timothy.Dohaney@dep.state.fl.us 

904-256-1681

Potable Water

Ensures compliance with state and federal drinking water standards.

Joni Petry

Joni.Petry@dep.state.fl.us 

904-256-1606

Solid Waste

Focuses on management of solid waste at disposal/processing sites (landfills; dumping; waste tires; storm debris).

Brian Durden

Brian.Durden@dep.state.fl.us 

904-256-1575

State Lands and Environmental Resources

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.
 

Colleen Bierbach

Colleen.Bierbach@dep.state.fl.us 

904-256-1643

Wastewater

Focuses on the regulation of wastewater and biosolids treatment facilities.
 

Herndon Sims

Herndon.Sims@dep.state.fl.us 

904-256-1612

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