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Health Management Associates Inc. Each order shall be subject to challenge under ss. The analysis may include mathematical water quality modeling using approved procedures and methods. The department shall develop total maximum daily load calculations for each water body or water body segment on the list described in subsection 4 according to the priority ranking and schedule unless the impairment of such waters is due solely to activities other than point and nonpoint sources of pollution.
For waters determined to be impaired due solely to factors other than point and nonpoint sources of pollution, no total maximum daily load will be required. A total maximum daily load may be required for those waters that are impaired predominantly due to activities other than point and nonpoint sources. The total maximum daily load calculation shall establish the amount of a pollutant that a water body or water body segment may receive from all sources without exceeding water quality standards, and shall account for seasonal variations and include a margin of safety that takes into account any lack of knowledge concerning the relationship between effluent limitations and water quality.
The total maximum daily load may be based on a pollutant load reduction goal developed by a water management district, provided that such pollutant load reduction goal is promulgated by the department in accordance with the procedural and substantive requirements of this subsection.
The total maximum daily loads shall include establishment of reasonable and equitable allocations of the total maximum daily load between or among point and nonpoint sources that will alone, or in conjunction with other management and restoration activities, provide for the attainment of the pollutant reductions established pursuant to paragraph a to achieve water quality standards for the pollutant causing impairment.
The allocations may establish the maximum amount of the water pollutant that may be discharged or released into the water body or water body segment in combination with other discharges or releases. Allocations may also be made to individual basins and sources or as a whole to all basins and sources or categories of sources of inflow to the water body or water body segments.
An initial allocation of allowable pollutant loads among point and nonpoint sources may be developed as part of the total maximum daily load. However, in such cases, the detailed allocation to specific point sources and specific categories of nonpoint sources shall be established in the basin management action plan pursuant to subsection 7. The initial and detailed allocations shall be designed to attain the pollutant reductions established pursuant to paragraph a and shall be based on consideration of the following: Existing treatment levels and management practices;.
Best management practices established and implemented pursuant to paragraph 7 c ;. Enforceable treatment levels established pursuant to state or local law or permit;. Differing impacts pollutant sources and forms of pollutant may have on water quality;. The availability of treatment technologies, management practices, or other pollutant reduction measures;. Environmental, economic, and technological feasibility of achieving the allocation;.
The cost benefit associated with achieving the allocation;. Reasonable timeframes for implementation;. Potential applicability of any moderating provisions such as variances, exemptions, and mixing zones; and.
The extent to which nonattainment of water quality standards is caused by pollution sources outside of Florida, discharges that have ceased, or alterations to water bodies prior to the date of this act. The total maximum daily load calculations and allocations established under this subsection for each water body or water body segment shall be adopted by rule by the secretary pursuant to ss.
Where additional data collection and analysis are needed to increase the scientific precision and accuracy of the total maximum daily load, the department is authorized to adopt phased total maximum daily loads that are subject to change as additional data becomes available.
Where phased total maximum daily loads are proposed, the department shall, in the detailed statement of facts and circumstances justifying the rule, explain why the data are inadequate so as to justify a phased total maximum daily load. The rules adopted pursuant to this paragraph are not subject to approval by the Environmental Regulation Commission and are not subject to the provisions of s.
As part of the rule development process, the department shall hold at least one public workshop in the vicinity of the water body or water body segment for which the total maximum daily load is being developed. Notice of the public workshop shall be published not less than 5 days nor more than 15 days before the public workshop in a newspaper of general circulation in the county or counties containing the water bodies or water body segments for which the total maximum daily load calculation and allocation are being developed.
In developing and implementing the total maximum daily load for a water body, the department, or the department in conjunction with a water management district, may develop a basin management action plan that addresses some or all of the watersheds and basins tributary to the water body. Such plan must integrate the appropriate management strategies available to the state through existing water quality protection programs to achieve the total maximum daily loads and may provide for phased implementation of these management strategies to promote timely, cost-effective actions as provided for in s.
The management strategies may include regional treatment systems or other public works, where appropriate, and voluntary trading of water quality credits to achieve the needed pollutant load reductions. A basin management action plan must equitably allocate, pursuant to paragraph 6 b , pollutant reductions to individual basins, as a whole to all basins, or to each identified point source or category of nonpoint sources, as appropriate.
For nonpoint sources for which best management practices have been adopted, the initial requirement specified by the plan must be those practices developed pursuant to paragraph c. Where appropriate, the plan may take into account the benefits of pollutant load reduction achieved by point or nonpoint sources that have implemented management strategies to reduce pollutant loads, including best management practices, before the development of the basin management action plan.
The plan must also identify the mechanisms that will address potential future increases in pollutant loading. The basin management action planning process is intended to involve the broadest possible range of interested parties, with the objective of encouraging the greatest amount of cooperation and consensus possible.
In developing a basin management action plan, the department shall assure that key stakeholders, including, but not limited to, applicable local governments, water management districts, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, other appropriate state agencies, local soil and water conservation districts, environmental groups, regulated interests, and affected pollution sources, are invited to participate in the process.
The department shall hold at least one public meeting in the vicinity of the watershed or basin to discuss and receive comments during the planning process and shall otherwise encourage public participation to the greatest practicable extent.
Notice of the public meeting must be published in a newspaper of general circulation in each county in which the watershed or basin lies not less than 5 days nor more than 15 days before the public meeting. A basin management action plan does not supplant or otherwise alter any assessment made under subsection 3 or subsection 4 or any calculation or initial allocation. Each new or revised basin management action plan shall include: The appropriate management strategies available through existing water quality protection programs to achieve total maximum daily loads, which may provide for phased implementation to promote timely, cost-effective actions as provided for in s.
A description of best management practices adopted by rule;. A list of projects in priority ranking with a planning-level cost estimate and estimated date of completion for each listed project;. The source and amount of financial assistance to be made available by the department, a water management district, or other entity for each listed project, if applicable; and.
The department shall adopt all or any part of a basin management action plan and any amendment to such plan by secretarial order pursuant to chapter to implement the provisions of this section.
The basin management action plan must include milestones for implementation and water quality improvement, and an associated water quality monitoring component sufficient to evaluate whether reasonable progress in pollutant load reductions is being achieved over time.
An assessment of progress toward these milestones shall be conducted every 5 years, and revisions to the plan shall be made as appropriate. Revisions to the basin management action plan shall be made by the department in cooperation with basin stakeholders.
Revisions to the management strategies required for nonpoint sources must follow the procedures set forth in subparagraph c 4. Revised basin management action plans must be adopted pursuant to subparagraph 5.
In accordance with procedures adopted by rule under paragraph 9 c , basin management action plans, and other pollution control programs under local, state, or federal authority as provided in subsection 4 , may allow point or nonpoint sources that will achieve greater pollutant reductions than required by an adopted total maximum daily load or wasteload allocation to generate, register, and trade water quality credits for the excess reductions to enable other sources to achieve their allocation; however, the generation of water quality credits does not remove the obligation of a source or activity to meet applicable technology requirements or adopted best management practices.
Such plans must allow trading between NPDES permittees, and trading that may or may not involve NPDES permittees, where the generation or use of the credits involve an entity or activity not subject to department water discharge permits whose owner voluntarily elects to obtain department authorization for the generation and sale of credits.
The department shall be the lead agency in coordinating the implementation of the total maximum daily loads through existing water quality protection programs. Application of a total maximum daily load by a water management district must be consistent with this section and does not require the issuance of an order or a separate action pursuant to s.
Such programs may include, but are not limited to: Permitting and other existing regulatory programs, including water-quality-based effluent limitations;. Nonregulatory and incentive-based programs, including best management practices, cost sharing, waste minimization, pollution prevention, agreements established pursuant to s. Other water quality management and restoration activities, for example surface water improvement and management plans approved by water management districts or basin management action plans developed pursuant to this subsection;.
Trading of water quality credits or other equitable economically based agreements;. Public works including capital facilities; or. For a basin management action plan adopted pursuant to paragraph a , any management strategies and pollutant reduction requirements associated with a pollutant of concern for which a total maximum daily load has been developed, including effluent limits set forth for a discharger subject to NPDES permitting, if any, must be included in a timely manner in subsequent NPDES permits or permit modifications for that discharger.
The department may not impose limits or conditions implementing an adopted total maximum daily load in an NPDES permit until the permit expires, the discharge is modified, or the permit is reopened pursuant to an adopted basin management action plan.
Absent a detailed allocation, total maximum daily loads must be implemented through NPDES permit conditions that provide for a compliance schedule. The time allowed for the issuance of an order adopting the plan may not exceed 5 years.
Upon issuance of an order adopting the plan, the permit must be reopened or renewed, as necessary, and permit conditions consistent with the plan must be established. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this subparagraph, upon request by an NPDES permittee, the department as part of a permit issuance, renewal, or modification may establish individual allocations before the adoption of a basin management action plan.
For holders of NPDES municipal separate storm sewer system permits and other stormwater sources, implementation of a total maximum daily load or basin management action plan must be achieved, to the maximum extent practicable, through the use of best management practices or other management measures. The basin management action plan does not relieve the discharger from any requirement to obtain, renew, or modify an NPDES permit or to abide by other requirements of the permit.
Management strategies set forth in a basin management action plan to be implemented by a discharger subject to permitting by the department must be completed pursuant to the schedule set forth in the basin management action plan. Management strategies and pollution reduction requirements set forth in a basin management action plan for a specific pollutant of concern are not subject to challenge under chapter at the time they are incorporated, in an identical form, into a subsequent NPDES permit or permit modification.
For nonagricultural pollutant sources not subject to NPDES permitting but permitted pursuant to other state, regional, or local water quality programs, the pollutant reduction actions adopted in a basin management action plan must be implemented to the maximum extent practicable as part of those permitting programs. A nonpoint source discharger included in a basin management action plan must demonstrate compliance with the pollutant reductions established under subsection 6 by implementing the appropriate best management practices established pursuant to paragraph c or conducting water quality monitoring prescribed by the department or a water management district.
A nonpoint source discharger may, in accordance with department rules, supplement the implementation of best management practices with water quality credit trades in order to demonstrate compliance with the pollutant reductions established under subsection 6. A nonpoint source discharger included in a basin management action plan may be subject to enforcement action by the department or a water management district based upon a failure to implement the responsibilities set forth in sub-subparagraph g.
A landowner, discharger, or other responsible person who is implementing applicable management strategies specified in an adopted basin management action plan may not be required by permit, enforcement action, or otherwise to implement additional management strategies, including water quality credit trading, to reduce pollutant loads to attain the pollutant reductions established pursuant to subsection 6 and shall be deemed to be in compliance with this section.
This subparagraph does not limit the authority of the department to amend a basin management action plan as specified in subparagraph a 6. The department, in cooperation with the water management districts and other interested parties, as appropriate, may develop suitable interim measures, best management practices, or other measures necessary to achieve the level of pollution reduction established by the department for nonagricultural nonpoint pollutant sources in allocations developed pursuant to subsection 6 and this subsection.
These practices and measures may be adopted by rule by the department and the water management districts and, where adopted by rule, shall be implemented by those parties responsible for nonagricultural nonpoint source pollution. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services may develop and adopt by rule pursuant to ss.
These practices and measures may be implemented by those parties responsible for agricultural pollutant sources and the department, the water management districts, and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall assist with implementation. In the process of developing and adopting rules for interim measures, best management practices, or other measures, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall consult with the department, the Department of Health, the water management districts, representatives from affected farming groups, and environmental group representatives.
Such rules must also incorporate provisions for a notice of intent to implement the practices and a system to assure the implementation of the practices, including site inspection and recordkeeping requirements. Where interim measures, best management practices, or other measures are adopted by rule, the effectiveness of such practices in achieving the levels of pollution reduction established in allocations developed by the department pursuant to subsection 6 and this subsection or in programs implemented pursuant to paragraph 12 b must be verified at representative sites by the department.
The department shall use best professional judgment in making the initial verification that the best management practices are reasonably expected to be effective and, where applicable, must notify the appropriate water management district or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services of its initial verification before the adoption of a rule proposed pursuant to this paragraph.
Implementation, in accordance with rules adopted under this paragraph, of practices that have been initially verified to be effective, or verified to be effective by monitoring at representative sites, by the department, shall provide a presumption of compliance with state water quality standards and release from the provisions of s.
Research projects funded by the department, a water management district, or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to develop or demonstrate interim measures or best management practices shall be granted a presumption of compliance with state water quality standards and a release from the provisions of s.
The presumption of compliance and release is limited to the research site and only for those pollutants addressed by the interim measures or best management practices. Eligibility for the presumption of compliance and release is limited to research projects on sites where the owner or operator of the research site and the department, a water management district, or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have entered into a contract or other agreement that, at a minimum, specifies the research objectives, the cost-share responsibilities of the parties, and a schedule that details the beginning and ending dates of the project.
Where water quality problems are demonstrated, despite the appropriate implementation, operation, and maintenance of best management practices and other measures required by rules adopted under this paragraph, the department, a water management district, or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in consultation with the department, shall institute a reevaluation of the best management practice or other measure. Should the reevaluation determine that the best management practice or other measure requires modification, the department, a water management district, or the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as appropriate, shall revise the rule to require implementation of the modified practice within a reasonable time period as specified in the rule.
Agricultural records relating to processes or methods of production, costs of production, profits, or other financial information held by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services pursuant to subparagraphs 3. I of the State Constitution. Upon request, records made confidential and exempt pursuant to this subparagraph shall be released to the department or any water management district provided that the confidentiality specified by this subparagraph for such records is maintained.
The provisions of subparagraphs 1. Basin management action plans are enforceable pursuant to this section and ss. Management strategies, including best management practices and water quality monitoring, are enforceable under this chapter.
No later than January 1, The department, in consultation with the water management districts and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shall initiate rulemaking to adopt procedures to verify implementation of water quality monitoring required in lieu of implementation of best management practices or other measures pursuant to sub-subparagraph b 2.
The department, in consultation with the water management districts and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shall initiate rulemaking to adopt procedures to verify implementation of nonagricultural interim measures, best management practices, or other measures adopted by rule pursuant to subparagraph c 1.
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in consultation with the water management districts and the department, shall initiate rulemaking to adopt procedures to verify implementation of agricultural interim measures, best management practices, or other measures adopted by rule pursuant to subparagraph c 2.
The department may not participate in the establishment of credit prices. If the department determines duly acquired water quality credits to be invalid, in whole or in part, thereby causing the credit buyer to be unable to timely meet its pollutant reduction obligations under this section, the department shall issue an order establishing the actions required of the buyer to meet its obligations by alternative means and a reasonable schedule for completing the actions. Participation in water quality credit trading is entirely voluntary.
Entities that participate in water quality credit trades shall timely report to the department the prices for credits, how the prices were determined, and any state funding received for the facilities or activities that generated the credits. The rules must provide for the following: The process to be used to determine how credits are generated, quantified, and validated. A publicly accessible water quality credit trading registry that tracks water quality credits, trading activities, and prices paid for credits.
Limitations on the availability and use of water quality credits, including a list of eligible pollutants or parameters and minimum water quality requirements and, where appropriate, adjustments to reflect best management practice performance uncertainties and water-segment-specific location factors. The timing and duration of credits and allowance for credit transferability. Mechanisms for determining and ensuring compliance with trading procedures, including recordkeeping, monitoring, reporting, and inspections.
The exclusive means of state implementation of s. The implementation of such pollution control programs may be considered by the department in the determination made pursuant to subsection 4. However, the department may go forward prior to resolution of such administrative proceedings with subsequent agency actions authorized by subsections 2 - 6 if the department can support and substantiate those actions using the underlying bases for the rules or orders without the benefit of any legal presumption favoring, or in deference to, the challenged rules or orders.
The report must include the status of each project identified to achieve a total maximum daily load or an adopted minimum flow or minimum water level, as applicable. If a report indicates that any of the 5-year, year, or year milestones, or the year target date, if applicable, for achieving a total maximum daily load or a minimum flow or minimum water level will not be met, the report must include an explanation of the possible causes and potential solutions.
If applicable, the report must include project descriptions, estimated costs, proposed priority ranking for project implementation, and funding needed to achieve the total maximum daily load or the minimum flow or minimum water level by the target date.
The program may be conducted in cooperation with trade associations, trade schools, the State University System, community colleges, or other appropriate entities. It is particularly in the interest of persons residing and doing business within the boundaries of a particular ecosystem to share in the responsibility of ecosystem restoration or maintenance.
The proper stewardship of an ecosystem by its affected residents will, in general, enhance the economic and social welfare of all Floridians by maintaining the natural beauty and functions of that ecosystem, which will, in turn, contribute to the beauty and function of larger inclusive ecosystems and add immeasurably to the quality of life and the economy of all Florida counties dependent on those ecosystems, thus serving a public purpose.
Therefore, there is a need for a unified and stable mechanism to plan for restoration and continued long-term maintenance of ecosystems.
Entering into an ecosystem management agreement shall be voluntary for both the regulated entity and the department. There has been a material change in conditions from the original agreement such that the intended net ecosystem benefit is not being, and may not reasonably be expected to be, achieved through continuation of the agreement;. Continuation of the agreement will result in economic hardship or competitive disadvantage; or.
A party has violated the terms of the agreement. Governmental parties, other than the department, may withdraw in accordance with the terms of the agreement at any time, but may not terminate the agreement. Local governments are encouraged to participate in ecosystem management agreements. The secretary shall request the participation of at least the state and regional and local government entities having regulatory authority over the activities to be subject to the ecosystem management agreement.
Such teams may also include representatives of other participating or advisory government agencies, which may include regional planning councils, private landowners, public landowners and managers, public and private utilities, corporations, and environmental interests.
Team members shall be selected in a manner that ensures adequate representation of the diverse interests and perspectives within the designated ecosystem. Participation by any department of state government is at the discretion of that agency. Proof of publication shall be provided to the department by the applicant. Actual mailed notice of the application shall also be provided to owners of property adjacent to the activity that is the subject of the agreement and to any other person whose interest is known to the department or the applicant.
Notice of intent to enter into the agreement shall be published by the regulated entity in a newspaper of general circulation in each county where the ecosystem management area is located. The notice shall specifically identify any standards, rules, or other legal or regulatory requirements proposed to be subject to variance or waiver under the agreement and any permit, license, or approval to be granted. The notice shall include the opportunity to request a hearing on the agreement under the provisions of ss.
Substantially affected persons may challenge the terms of the agreement and the proposed issuance of any permit, license, approval, variance, or waiver contained in the agreement pursuant to ss. A substantially affected person may challenge the subsequent issuance of any permit, license, approval, variance, or waiver pursuant to the agreement, but which is not contained in the agreement, pursuant to ss. In any such proceeding, any relevant and material elements of the agreement shall be admissible.
Any substantial modification or amendment to the agreement shall be subject to the same processes as the original agreement. Such agreements shall be considered advisory in nature and are not binding on any party to the agreement. If such election is made, any permit, license, approval, waiver, or variance subsequently issued by an agency shall be subject to the provisions of chapter However, if the notification is not made in accordance with this section, the department may pursue enforcement against all parties subject to the requirement.
The department shall establish regional electronic mailing lists, such as by county or district boundaries, to allow subscribers to determine the notices they wish to receive by geographic area. The online form may not require the submission of information in addition to what is required for submission pursuant to paragraph 2 a.
Failure to conform shall be punishable as provided in s. Joseph Sound, Clearwater Bay, Sarasota Bay, Little Sarasota Bay, Roberts Bay, Lemon Bay, or Charlotte Harbor Bay, or into any river, stream, channel, canal, bay, bayou, sound, or other water tributary thereto, without providing advanced waste treatment, as defined in subsection 4 , approved by the department. This paragraph shall not apply to facilities which were permitted by February 1, , and which discharge secondary treated effluent, followed by water hyacinth treatment, to tributaries of tributaries of the named waters; or to facilities permitted to discharge to the nontidally influenced portions of the Peace River.
Total Nitrogen, expressed as N Total Phosphorus, expressed as P This presumption may be overcome only by a demonstration that one or more of the following would occur: That the discharge of reclaimed water that meets the standards set forth in subsection 4 will be, by itself, a cause of considerable degradation to an Outstanding Florida Water or to other waters and is not clearly in the public interest. That the reclaimed water discharge will have a substantial negative impact on an approved shellfish harvesting area or a water used as a public domestic water supply.
That the increased volume of fresh water contributed by the reclaimed water product will seriously alter the natural fresh-salt water balance of the receiving water after reasonable opportunity for mixing. Require more stringent effluent limitations;. Order the point or method of discharge changed;. Limit the duration or volume of the discharge; or. Prohibit the discharge only if no other alternative is in the public interest.
All of the facilities covered in paragraph 1 c shall be required to meet the standards set forth in subsections 4 and 5. The backup discharge shall be limited to 30 percent of the permitted reuse capacity on an annual basis.
Backup discharges may occur during periods of reduced demand for reclaimed water in the reuse system. Wet weather discharges as provided in s. The presumption of the allowability of a backup discharge may be overcome only by a demonstration that one or more of the following conditions is present: The discharge will be to an Outstanding Florida Water, except as provided in chapter , Laws of Florida;. The increased volume of fresh water contributed by a backup discharge will seriously alter the natural freshwater to saltwater balance of receiving waters after reasonable opportunity for mixing;.
The discharge will be to a water body having a pollutant load reduction goal established by a water management district or the department, and the discharge will cause or contribute to a violation of the established goal;. The discharge fails to meet the requirements of the antidegradation policy contained in department rules; or.
The discharge will be to waters that the department determines require more stringent nutrient limits than those set forth in subsection 4. The department shall establish rules that determine when backflow prevention devices on potable water lines are necessary and when such devices are not necessary. The Legislature also finds that discharge of domestic wastewater through ocean outfalls compromises the coastal environment, quality of life, and local economies that depend on those resources.
The Legislature declares that more stringent treatment and management requirements for such domestic wastewater and the subsequent, timely elimination of ocean outfalls as a primary means of domestic wastewater discharge are in the public interest. Each domestic wastewater ocean outfall shall be limited to the discharge capacity specified in the department permit authorizing the outfall in effect on July 1, , which discharge capacity shall not be increased.
Maintenance of existing, department-authorized domestic wastewater ocean outfalls and associated pumping and piping systems is allowed, subject to the requirements of this section.
The department is directed to work with the United States Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the requirements of this subsection are implemented consistently for all domestic wastewater facilities in the state which discharge through ocean outfalls. The department shall establish the average baseline loadings of total nitrogen and total phosphorus for each outfall using monitoring data available for calendar years through and establish required loading reductions based on this baseline.
The baseline loadings and required loading reductions of total nitrogen and total phosphorus shall be expressed as an average annual daily loading value. Flows diverted from facilities to other facilities that provide percent reuse of the diverted flows before December 31, , are considered to contribute to meeting the reuse requirement. For utilities operating more than one outfall, the reuse requirement may be apportioned between the facilities served by the outfalls, including flows diverted to other facilities for percent reuse before December 31, Utilities that shared a common ocean outfall for the discharge of domestic wastewater on July 1, , regardless of which utility operates the ocean outfall, are individually responsible for meeting the reuse requirement and may enter into binding agreements to share or transfer such responsibility among the utilities.
If treatment in addition to the advanced wastewater treatment and management requirements described in paragraph b is needed to support a functioning reuse system, the treatment must be fully operational by December 31, If a facility that discharges through an ocean outfall contracts with another utility to install a functioning reuse system, the department must approve any apportionment of the reuse generated from the new or expanded reuse system that is intended to satisfy all or a portion of the reuse requirements pursuant to subparagraph 1.
If a contract is between two utilities that have reuse requirements pursuant to subparagraph 1. A utility shall provide the department a copy of any contract with another utility that reflects an agreement between the utilities which is subject to the requirements of this subparagraph.
Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, a backup discharge may occur only during periods of reduced demand for reclaimed water in the reuse system, such as periods of wet weather, or as the result of peak flows from other wastewater management systems, and must comply with the advanced wastewater treatment and management requirements of paragraph b.
If peak flow backup discharges are in compliance with the effluent limitations, the discharges are deemed to meet the advanced wastewater treatment and management requirements of this subsection.
A detailed plan to meet the requirements of this subsection, including the identification of the technical, environmental, and economic feasibility of various reuse options; the identification of each land acquisition and facility necessary to provide for reuse of the domestic wastewater; an analysis of the costs to meet the requirements, including the level of treatment necessary to satisfy state water quality requirements and local water quality considerations and a cost comparison of reuse using flows from ocean outfalls and flows from other domestic wastewater sources; and a financing plan for meeting the requirements, including identifying any actions necessary to implement the financing plan, such as bond issuance or other borrowing, assessments, rate increases, fees, other charges, or other financing mechanisms.
The plan must evaluate reuse demand in the context of future regional water supply demands, the availability of traditional water supplies, the need for development of alternative water supplies, the degree to which various reuse options offset potable water supplies, and other factors considered in the Lower East Coast Regional Water Supply Plan of the South Florida Water Management District. The plan must include a detailed schedule for the completion of all necessary actions and be accompanied by supporting data and other documentation.
The plan must be submitted by July 1, By July 1, , an update of the plan required in subparagraph 1. The report shall include the detailed schedule for and status of the evaluation of reuse and disposal options, preparation of preliminary design reports, preparation and submittal of permit applications, construction initiation, construction progress milestones, construction completion, initiation of operation, and continuing operation and maintenance.
In the report, the department shall summarize progress to date, including the increased amount of reclaimed water provided and potable water offsets achieved, and identify any obstacles to continued progress, including all instances of substantial noncompliance. Reuse by the diverting entity of the diverted flows shall be credited to the diverting entity. The Legislature also finds that the only practical and cost-effective way to fundamentally improve wastewater management in the Florida Keys is for the local governments in Monroe County, including those special districts established for the purpose of collection, transmission, treatment, or disposal of sewage, to timely complete the wastewater or sewage treatment and disposal facilities initiated under the work program of Administration Commission rule , Florida Administrative Code, and the Monroe County Sanitary Master Wastewater Plan, dated June The Legislature therefore declares that the construction and operation of comprehensive central wastewater systems in accordance with this subsection is in the public interest.
To give effect to those findings, the requirements of this subsection apply to all domestic wastewater facilities in Monroe County, including privately owned facilities, unless otherwise provided under this subsection.
The required facilities and connections, and any additional facilities or other adjustments required by rules adopted by the Administration Commission under s. Domestic wastewater facilities located outside local government and special district service areas must meet the treatment and disposal requirements of this subsection by December 31, Greater than or equal to , gallons per day must provide basic disinfection as defined by department rule and the level of treatment which, on a permitted annual average basis, produces an effluent that contains no more than the following concentrations: Less than , gallons per day must provide basic disinfection as defined by department rule and the level of treatment which, on a permitted annual average basis, produces an effluent that contains no more than the following concentrations: If the design capacity of the facility is less than 1 million gallons per day, the injection well must be at least 90 feet deep and cased to a minimum depth of 60 feet or to such greater cased depth and total well depth as may be required by department rule.
Except as provided in subparagraph 3. If an injection well is used as a backup to a primary injection well, the following conditions apply: The backup well may be used only when the primary injection well is out of service because of equipment failure, power failure, or the need for mechanical integrity testing or repair;.
The backup well may not be used for more than a total of hours during any 5-year period unless specifically authorized in writing by the department;. The backup well must be at least 90 feet deep and cased to a minimum depth of 60 feet, or to such greater cased depth and total well depth as may be required by department rule; and.
Fluid injected into the backup well must meet the requirements of paragraph d. Class I injection wells as defined by department rule, including any authorized mechanical integrity tests;. Authorized mechanical integrity tests associated with Class V wells as defined by department rule; or. The following types of reuse systems authorized by department rule: Slow-rate land application systems;.
Industrial uses of reclaimed water; and. Use of reclaimed water for toilet flushing, fire protection, vehicle washing, construction dust control, and decorative water features. Wastewater operating permits issued pursuant to this chapter and in effect for these facilities as of June 30, , are extended until December 31, , or until the facility is connected to a local government central wastewater system, whichever occurs first.
Wastewater treatment facilities in operation after December 31, , must comply with the treatment and disposal requirements of this subsection and department rules. Funds received from other sources provided for in law, the General Appropriations Act, from gifts designated for implementation of the plan from individuals, corporations, or other entities, or federal funds appropriated by Congress for implementation of the plan, may be deposited into an account of the Water Quality Assurance Trust Fund.
In no event shall a permit for a water pollution source be issued for a term of more than 10 years, nor may an operation permit issued after July 1, , for a major source of air pollution have a fixed term of more than 5 years. However, upon expiration, a new permit may be issued by the department in accordance with this chapter and the rules of the department. However, separate construction permits shall not be required for installations permitted under s. The department may also require the engineer of record or another registered professional engineer, within 30 days after construction is complete, to certify that the construction was completed in accordance with the plans submitted to the department, noting minor deviations which were necessary because of site-specific conditions.
The department shall review the fees authorized under this chapter at least once every 5 years and shall adjust the fees upward, as necessary, within the fee caps established in this paragraph to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index or similar inflation indicator. The department shall establish by rule the inflation index to be used for this purpose. In the event of deflation, the department shall consult with the Executive Office of the Governor and the Legislature to determine whether downward fee adjustments are appropriate based on the current budget and appropriation considerations.
However, when an application is received without the required fee, the department shall acknowledge receipt of the application and shall immediately return the unprocessed application to the applicant and shall take no further action until the application is received with the appropriate fee. The department shall adopt a schedule of fees by rule, subject to the following limitations: Hazardous waste, construction permit.
Hazardous waste, operation permit. Hazardous waste, postclosure permit, or clean closure plan approval. Hazardous waste, corrective action permit. The permit fee for a drinking water construction or operation permit, not including the operation license fee required under s. Solid waste, construction permit.
Solid waste, operation permit. Class I injection well, operation permit. Air pollution, construction permit. Solid waste, closure permit. Domestic waste residuals, construction or operation permit. Industrial waste, operation permit. Industrial waste, construction permit. Domestic waste, operation permit.
Domestic waste, construction permit. Wetlands resource management — dredge and fill and mangrove alteration. Hazardous waste, research and development permit. Air pollution, operation permit, for sources not subject to s. Class III injection well, construction, operation, or abandonment permits. Except as provided in subparagraph 8.
The fee for a permit issued pursuant to s. The regulatory program and surveillance fees for facilities permitted pursuant to s. The department shall establish a sliding scale of fees based on the permitted capacity and shall ensure smaller domestic waste dischargers do not bear an inordinate share of costs of the program.
The department shall establish a sliding scale of fees based upon the volume, concentration, or nature of the industrial waste discharge and shall ensure smaller industrial waste dischargers do not bear an inordinate share of costs of the program. The department may establish a fee, not to exceed the amounts in subparagraphs 5. If substantially similar air pollution sources located at the same facility do not constitute a major source of air pollution subject to permitting under s.
The department may develop, by rule, criteria for determining what constitutes substantially similar sources. The amount of each fee shall be reasonably related to the costs of permitting, field services, and related support activities for the particular permitting activity taking into consideration consistently applied standard cost-accounting principles and economies of scale.
If the department requires, by rule or by permit condition, that a permit be renewed more frequently than once every 5 years, the permit fee shall be prorated based upon the permit fee schedule in effect at the time of permit renewal. The department shall require a separate permit application and fee for each noncontiguous project within the system.
The department may revoke any permit issued by it if it finds that the permitholder has: In the event the Federal Government prohibits the mining or leasing of solid minerals on federal park or forest lands, then, and to the extent of such prohibition, this act shall not apply to those federal lands. In no case shall funds from the Florida Permit Fee Trust Fund be used for salary increases without the approval of the Legislature.
Operation permits for major sources of air pollution, except general permits issued pursuant to s. The department shall exempt those facilities that are subject to this section solely because they are subject to requirements under 42 U.
The department shall adopt rules defining the timing, content, and distribution of an application for a permit under this section.
A permit application processing fee is not required. The department may issue an operation permit for a major source of air pollution only when it has reasonable assurance that the source applies pollution control technology, including fuel or raw material selection, necessary to enable it to comply with the standards or rules adopted by the department or an approved compliance plan for that source.
If two or more major air pollution sources that belong to the same Major Group as described in the Standard Industrial Classification Manual, , are operated at a single site, the owner may elect to receive a single operation permit covering all such sources at the site.
Unless the department requests additional information or otherwise notifies the applicant of incompleteness within 60 days after receipt of an application, the application is complete. Notwithstanding the timing requirements of paragraph c and subsection 3 , the department may process applications received during the first year of permit processing under this section, in a manner consistent with 42 U. A draft permit must contain all conditions that the department finds necessary to ensure that operation of the source will be in compliance with applicable law, rules, or compliance plans.
The department shall furnish a copy of each draft permit to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and to any contiguous state whose air quality could be affected or which is within 50 miles of the source pursuant to procedures established by department rule.
The department must accept public comment with respect to a draft permit for 30 days following the date of notice publication. The notice must be published in a newspaper of general circulation as defined in s. If comments received during this period result in a change in the draft permit, the department must issue a revised draft permit, which shall be supplied to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and to any contiguous state whose air quality could be affected or which is within 50 miles of the source.
A draft permit must notify the permit applicant of any review process applicable to the permit decision of the department. The department shall prescribe, by rule, a suitable standard format for such notification. The department shall furnish the United States Environmental Protection Agency a copy of each proposed permit and its written response to any comments regarding the permit submitted by contiguous states.
If no objection to the proposed permit is made by the United States Environmental Protection Agency within the time established by 42 U. The department shall issue a conformed copy of the final permit as soon as is practicable thereafter.
The proposed permit shall not become final until the time for review, by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, of the proposed permit has elapsed. If comments from a contiguous state regarding the permit are received, the department must provide a written response to the applicant, to the state, and to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
A copy of the written objection of the administrator must be provided to the permit applicant as soon as practicable after the department receives it. Within 45 days after the date on which the department serves the applicant with a copy of an objection by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to a proposed permit, the applicant may file a written reply to the objection.
The written reply must include any supporting materials that the applicant desires to include in the record relevant to the issues raised by the objection. The written reply must be considered by the department in issuing a final permit to resolve the objection of the administrator.
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