On Feb. 12, 1985, Florida received authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer its own hazardous waste management and regulatory program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976. Florida received final authorization on Nov. 17, 2000, to implement the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984 (HSWA).
The most important feature of authorization is the state's agreement to issue permits that conform to the regulatory requirements of the law, to inspect and monitor activities subject to regulation, to take appropriate enforcement action against violators, and to do so in a manner no less stringent than the federal program.
Hazardous Waste Management is responsible for implementing the hazardous waste regulatory portion of RCRA. It reviews and issues permits and coordinates compliance monitoring and enforcement activities at hazardous waste generators, transporters, and treatment, storage and disposal (TSD) facilities with the regulatory DEP district offices.
The Florida Department of Health has primary authority and responsibility for facilities that generate, transport, store, or treat biomedical waste through processes other than incineration and can be contacted via email or telephone [850-245-4277].
Hazardous Waste Management Is Composed of Three Elements
Overview of the 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Final Rule On Jan. 13, 2015, EPA published the 2015 Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) final rule. This rule modifies EPA's 2008 DSW rule by revising several recycling-related provisions used to determine hazardous waste regulation under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Generator Improvement Rule On June 18, 2018, Florida adopted this EPA rule to reorganize the hazardous waste generator regulations to make the regulations more user-friendly, which EPA expects will improve generator compliance. The primary intent of this rule is to foster improved compliance by hazardous waste generators in the identification and management of the hazardous waste they generate and, as a result, improve the protection of human health and the environment. Another major objective of this rule is to support the efficient implementation of the hazardous waste generator regulation by the states.
Episodic Events Defined as an activity or activities, either planned or unplanned, that does not normally occur during generator operations, resulting in an increase in the generation of hazardous wastes that exceeds the calendar month quantity limits for the generator's usual category.
Summary of Hazardous Waste Regulations Table This table is a guide to the new rule numbers for requirements previously found in 40 CFR 261.5 and 262.34. Please contact your local DEP Hazardous Waste Program for further information or with any specific questions or concerns.
SQG Re-Notification (Posted 3/30/21) Please note that with the adoption of the EPA Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule in 2018, existing Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) are now required to re-notify using Notification Form 8700-12-FL by Sept. 1, 2021, and then every four years after that (i.e. by Sept. 1, 2025, Sept. 1, 2029, etc.). Any SQGs that have submitted Site ID forms in the four years prior to 2021 for another purpose, such as notifying as a healthcare facility under the 2019 Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rule, satisfy the re-notification requirement under § 262.18(d). More information can be found on the EPA's website and in our SQG Re-Notification Fact Sheet.
Hurricane Guidance Fact Sheet NOAA states that the Atlantic Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. The following contact information and guidance are to assist with the management of hazardous waste generated from a hurricane event. DEP’s Tallahassee program office and district offices will be available to coordinate assistance to local governments and regulated facilities in the affected counties.
Hazardous Waste Handler Search A database query for RCRA-regulated facilities by name, address, county or EPA ID. It includes information about facilities' status and compliance and enforcement histories under RCRA. It also includes a mapping component and a feedback link by which to report data errors.
Household Hazardous Waste The government does not regulate hazardous wastes generated in the home. In Florida, household hazardous waste collection centers have been established in most communities. This page includes resources and programs to help you with your household hazardous waste.
Operation Cleansweep for Pesticides Operation Cleansweep provides farmers, nursery operators, golf course operators, and pest control services a one-time safe and economical way to dispose of their canceled, suspended and unusable pesticides.
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