Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste

The Hazardous Waste program is responsible for implementing the hazardous waste regulatory portion of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act in lieu of the USEPA throughout Florida.  The program issues permits to facilities that treat, store, or dispose of hazardous waste.  Permitting is done in the Department’s Tallahassee office.  The district offices conduct compliance monitoring and enforcement activities at hazardous waste generators, transporters and treatment, storage and disposal facilities.  A hazardous waste generator is any person or site whose processes and actions create hazardous waste.  Solvent recovery operations, printers, laboratories are examples of hazardous waste generators.  Hazardous waste facilities are also required to have an EPA identification number unless they are a conditionally exempt small quantity generator.

Florida’s hazardous waste facilities are required to follow Chapter 62-730 in the Florida Administrative Register.  In addition to the rules mandated by EPA and DEP, local governments may have their own regulations and ordinances as well.

More info about the hazardous waste program is available at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/hwRegulation/default.htm

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