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Domestic Wastewater Residuals Rulemaking Updates


The Department recently completed rulemaking to revise Florida’s domestic wastewater residuals regulations, Chapter 62-640, Florida Administrative Code. This webpage provides information on the Department’s rulemaking efforts.

Domestic wastewater residuals, also known as biosolids or sewage sludge, are an organic material derived from the treatment of municipal sewage in a wastewater treatment facility. When properly treated, residuals can be beneficially recycled as a fertilizer or soil amendment because they contain vital plant nutrients and organic matter. The treatment and beneficial use of residuals are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and, in some instances, by local government.

Announcements/Upcoming Events

Final Rule - The revised Chapter 62-640, F.A.C., will be effective on August 29, 2010. The final rule currently can be viewed at the Department of State’s Florida Administrative Code website at: https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=62-640.

Second Notice of Change - A minor Notice of Change was published on Friday, July 16, 2010, to change the word “may” to “shall” in four places in Rule 62-640.700, F.A.C. These minor changes were based on comments from the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee. The Notice of Change can be viewed at: https://www.flrules.org/gateway/readFile.asp?sid=3&tid=8858445&type=1&File=62-640.700.htm.

Notice of Change –The Notice of Change providing the changes to the proposed rule as adopted by the ERC was published in June 11, 2010 edition of the Florida Administrative Weekly. The Notice of Change can be viewed at: https://www.flrules.org/Gateway/View_notice.asp?id=8718959.

The original Notice of Proposed Rule from November 6, 2009 may be viewed at: https://www.flrules.org/Gateway/View_notice.asp?id=7626448

ERC Adoption – The ERC adopted revisions to Chapter 62-640, F.A.C., on May 20, 2010. A number of amendments were made to the proposed rule at the adoption hearing and the resulting changes can be found in the Notice of Change (see above). The rule is expected to become effective later this summer.

Continuation of the ERC Adoption Hearing – May 20, 2010

At the December 1, 2009 meeting of Environmental Regulation Commission (ERC) held in Tallahassee, the ERC passed a motion to continue the adoption hearing for revisions to Chapter 62-640, F.A.C., at a future meeting of the ERC. The continuation of the adoption hearing is scheduled for the May 20, 2010 public meeting of the Environmental Regulation Commission (ERC). The meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. in Conference Room A of the Douglas Building, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd, Tallahassee, Florida.

The Notice of Hearing published in the February 19, 2010 edition of the Florida Administrative Weekly may be viewed at: https://www.flrules.org/Gateway/View_notice.asp?id=8250158.

Adoption Hearing Draft of Chapter 62-640, F.A.C. (317 KB)

Proposed Amendments to Published Rule (421 KB)

Draft Rule Forms

See the Department’s presentation to the ERC at the December 1, 2009 ERC meeting (1.3 MB)

See the full text of the meeting notice from the Florida Administrative Weekly for the December 1, 2009 ERC Meeting

Please submit any comments regarding the draft Chapter 62-640, F.A.C., to Maurice Barker via email maurice.barker@dep.state.fl.us, or at the address below:

Maurice Barker
Florida DEP
MS# 3540
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400



Past Events

  • ERC Adoption Hearing on the proposed rule begins on December 1, 2009 but is to be continued at a future ERC meeting
  • ERC Briefing is held on August 20, 2009 in Tallahassee
  • Public Workshop on the revised draft rule is held on June 12, 2008 in Kissimmee
  • Public Workshop on the draft rule is held on March 5, 2008 in Brooksville
  • Fifth Residuals Technical Advisory Committee Meeting is held February 21, 2007 in Brooksville
  • Fourth Residuals Technical Advisory Committee Meeting is held May 9-10, 2006 in Tallahassee
  • Third Residuals Technical Advisory Meeting is held March 3, 2005 in Tallahassee
  • Second Residuals Technical Advisory Committee Meeting is held January 6, 2005 in Tampa
  • September 30, 2004 Technical Advisory Committee Meeting is cancelled because of Hurricane Jeanne
  • First Residuals Technical Advisory Committee Meeting held August 17, 2004 in Tallahassee
  • Proposed Rule Development Workshop held January 15, 2003 in Tampa
  • Proposed Rule Development Workshop held January 14, 2003 in West Palm Beach
  • Proposed Rule Development Workshop held November 21, 2002 in Tallahassee

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