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Northwest District Compliance Assurance Program

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 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 Northwest District's Compliance Assurance program's responsibilities include:

  • Oversee compliance with environmental laws in multiple areas (air, waste, water, and state lands).
  • Conduct inspections to determine the compliance status of regulated facilities.
  • Provide the regulated community with compliance assistance.
  • Promote high compliance rates through outreach activities.
  • Respond to complaints and public inquiries both timely and effectively.
  • Enforce environmental laws fairly and consistently to protect human health and the environment.
  • Provide Florida's residents, businesses and visitors with the highest level of customer service.
     
Northwest District Compliance Assurance
Program Areas
Contact Name Contact Information

Air Resources

Regulates stationary sources of air pollution; fugitive emissions; odors; open burning; asbestos; excessive dust.

Carol Melton

Carol.Melton@FloridaDEP.gov

850-595-0616

Emergency Response

Responds to incidents ranging from petroleum spills to chemical plant explosions to coastal oil spills. Provides on-site technical assistance and coordinates with local public safety officials and emergency response contractors to ensure threats are quickly and effectively addressed.

Kevin Long

State Watch Office

Kevin.W.Long@FloridaDEP.gov

850-595-0653

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

Environmental Resources Program

Regulates activities in wetlands, surface waters or state lands; dredge and fill; stormwater ponds; docks/piers; boat ramps; shoreline stabilization.
Kenneth Dickey

Kenneth.Dickey@FloridaDEP.gov

850-595-0580

Hazardous Waste

Regulates the management (storage, treatment, transport) of hazardous waste (ignitable, reactive, corrosive, toxic).
Cliff Richardson

Cliff.J.Richardson@FloridaDEP.gov

850-595-0655

NPDES Stormwater

Regulates compliance associated with stormwater discharges from industrial activities.
Kenneth Dickey

Kenneth.Dickey@FloridaDEP.gov

850-595-0580

Petroleum Storage Tanks

Regulates underground or aboveground petroleum storage tanks and piping.
Mark Gillman

Mark.Gillman@FloridaDEP.gov

850-595-0586

Potable Water

Regulates drinking water facilities and distribution systems to ensure compliance with state and federal drinking water standards.
 

Resources for Drinking Water Facilities

Earl "Joey" Whibbs

Earl.Whibbs@FloridaDEP.gov

850-595-0636

Solid Waste

Regulates solid waste disposal and processing sites (landfills; waste transfer stations, dumping; waste tires; storm debris).
Cliff Richardson

Cliff.J.Richardson@FloridaDEP.gov

850-595-0655

Underground Injection Control

Manages regulatory compliance associated with wells used for disposal of treated fluids.
Rebecca Bacewicz

Rebecca.Bacewicz@FloridaDEP.gov

850-595-0612

Wastewater

Regulates systems and facilities associated with domestic (sanitary sewage from residents, businesses, etc.) and industrial (derived from an industrial activity) wastewater.
Rebecca Bacewicz

Rebecca.Bacewicz@FloridaDEP.gov

850-595-0612

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