Mining operations are subject to Environmental Resource Permitting (ERP) requirements unless they are specifically grandfathered. Projects associated with mining operations for phosphate or fuller’s earth that are located on land that was included in a conceptual reclamation plan or modification submitted prior to July 1, 1996, are grandfathered from the ERP rules pursuant to Section 373.414(15), Florida Statutes.
Even if grandfathered from ERP, unless the activity is specifically exempted by statutes or rules a Wetland Resource Permit (WRP) is required if the project involves dredging or filling conducted in, on, or over wetlands or other surface waters of the state. For phosphate and fuller’s earth mines still qualified for a WRP, the applicable rule is Chapter 62-312, Florida Administrative Code, effective on August 7, 1995.
For more information on the Wetland Resource Permit process, rules and statutes, and copies of WRP application forms, please contact the Mining and Mitigation program at 850-245-8336 or MiningAndMitigation@dep.state.fl.us.
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