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DEP Chapter 62-640, F.A.C., Rulemaking

New Announcement! Two key provisions of section 403.0855, F.S., effective as of July 1, 2022.

Effective July 1, 2022, biosolids land application site permits shall comply with two key provisions of section 403.0855, F.S., - the requirement for all biosolids land application sites to be enrolled in a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Best Management Practices program and the prohibition on the land application of biosolids on soils with a seasonal high water table within 6 inches of the soil surface or depth of biosolids placement. 

Chapter 62-640, F.A.C., revisions became effective June 21, 2021.

The proposed amendments to Chapter 62-640, F.A.C., became effective on June 21, 2021. House Bill 1309 was signed into law on June 21, 2021, ratifying the proposed biosolids rule (see Chapter 2021-153, Laws of Florida). Based on section 403.0855, F.S., and the deliberations of the biosolids technical advisory committee, the rule revisions were developed to minimize the migration of nutrients, specifically phosphorus, to prevent impairment to waterbodies. For more information, please contact Maurice Barker.

Rulemaking Activities for Chapter 62-640, F.A.C.

May 27, 2021, Public Meeting for Chapter 62-640, F.A.C.

Notice of Proposed Rule for Chapter 62-640, F.A.C. - Published on Dec. 3, 2020. A Statement of Estimated Regulatory Costs (SERC) was made available on Dec. 3, 2020 for the proposed rule. Review comments submitted to the department.

Sept. 18, 2020, Rulemaking Workshop

Withdrawn - 2019 Rulemaking for Chapter 62-640, F.A.C.

DEP initially began rule making on March 22, 2019, and held rule development workshops in Tallahassee (June 25), Orlando (June 26) and West Palm Beach (June 27), where the department provided an overview of rule changes and accepted public comment. The department published a Notice of Proposed Rule or Oct. 29, 2019 but published a withdrawal of the rule in March 2020 to allow the implementation of revisions based on Senate Bill 712. Comments received by the department on the 2019 draft rule and proposed rule are also available for review.

2019 Ch. 62-640, F.A.C., Rulemaking Workshop Webinars and Agendas

Biosolids Technical Advisory Committee

In 2018, the department created a Biosolids Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to evaluate current management practices and explore opportunities to better protect Florida’s water resources. The TAC members represent stakeholders from all arenas including environmental and agricultural industry experts, large and small utilities, waste haulers, consultants and academics. The TAC convened on four occasions from September 2018 to January 2019. The meetings included presentations related to biosolids management and regulations, water quality, innovative technologies and research. Each public meeting included open public comment, as well as discussion among the TAC members, the audience and the department.

The TAC disbanded on Jan. 23, 2019.

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June 24, 2022 - 11:36am

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