Withdrawn - 2019 Rulemaking for Chapter 62-640, F.A.C.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 October 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.
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 Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.