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The Southeast District's Hazardous Waste section is managed by Karen E. Kantor, P.G.  Karen Kantor can be reached by phone at (561) 681-6670 or via e-mail

 

Improperly Stored Chemicals

 

This section is responsible for implementing the federally delegated Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program, which regulates the generation and management of hazardous waste.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides funding to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), in return for which the Department inspects facilities, evaluates compliance with Federal rules, provides compliance training and assistance to generators, and, as required, takes enforcement when violations are identified.   Facilities regulated under RCRA include hazardous waste generators, transporters, and treatment, storage and disposal facilities.  Generators include a wide variety of commercial, industrial and governmental facilities such as auto body shops, dry cleaning facilities, manufacturers and construction-type businesses, among others.

 

The EPA's website is found at http://www.epa.gov/lawsregs and their Office of Solid and Hazardous Wastes is found at http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/index.htm.

Florida Statutes allow the FDEP to have rules that are more stringent than RCRA to address generators within our state.  Florida's rules for hazardous waste generators  include Chapters 62-710 and 62-730, F.A.C.  For more information, please visit the following link - http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/quick_topics/rules/.

 

Information on Dry Cleaners

The Florida Legislature has established a state-funded program to cleanup properties that are contaminated as a result of the operations of a drycleaning facility or wholesale supply facility (Chapter 376, Florida Statutes). The program is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The statute was sponsored by the drycleaning industry to address environmental, economic, and liability issues resulting from drycleaning solvent contamination. The program provides limited liability of the owner, operator and real property owner of drycleaning or wholesale supply facilities for cleanup of drycleaning solvent contamination if the parties meet the eligibility conditions stated in the law.

 

Information on Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) of Hazardous Wastes

Florida Statutes also require that all counties have a program to address Small Quantity Generators (SQGs) of Hazardous Wastes. These county programs supplement, but do not substitute for, the FDEP's program and authority under RCRA.  In the Southeast District, generators are also inspected by the local authorities.  Counties such as Miami-Dade and Broward utilize county staff, conduct inspections similar in content to the FDEP's Hazardous Waste Inspections, and levy fines and penalties.  The flexibility from county to county allows the local authorities to consider county regulations, county resources, and those environmental conditions that make their county unique.  For example, some counties are heavily agricultural, others have ocean coastlines, and population and square mileage varies considerably throughout Florida.   All of the county programs are common in that they are tasked to:

  • include a mechanism to identify known and potential generators of hazardous waste

  • notify each known and potential  hazardous waste generator of their legal responsibilities when managing hazardous waste

  • offer compliance assistance to facilities including Sustainable Initiatives opportunities

  • complement the FDEP's Hazardous Waste Compliance and Enforcement efforts

 

Further information and a list of the contacts for the seven counties within the SED are available at:

 

Unlabeled Used Oil Storage

 

More Information on FDEP's Hazardous Waste Program

If you wish to know more about the Florida Hazardous Waste Program:

 

If you need forms, applications, or guidance documents:

 

If you wish to search databases about either generators or vendors who deal with hazardous waste:

 

To view a hardcopy file for a specific case, you may submit your request electronically using our webform, via e-mail or by fax at (561) 681-6755.  Documents are available during normal business hours (Monday through Friday) at our West Palm Beach office.  Copies are available for a nominal fee.

SED Hazardous Waste LQG Workshop Presentations

HW Identification 2013 SED version HW Identification 2013 SED version.pdf

Land Disposal Restrictions 2013 SED version.pdf

Used Oil Standards 2013 SED version.pdf

LQG Generator Standards 2013 SED version.pdf

Land Disposal Restrictions 2013 SED version.pdf

Universal Pharmaceutical Waste 2013 sed version.pdf

 

 

 

Last updated: October 20, 2014
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