MAY 2012

Florida Legislature passes key solid waste legislation

The Florida Chapter of the National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) applauded the passage of two pieces of key solid waste legislation by the Florida Senate and House of Representatives during the 2012 legislative session. NSWMA is hopeful that the bills will be signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott.

The first bill supported by the NSWMA was H.B. 503 by Rep. Jimmy Patronis (R-Panama City). This bill is a major rewrite of the environmental permitting laws that includes language that will double the term of permit extensions for solid waste management facilities with leachate collection systems from 10 to 20 years. Those facilities without leachate collection systems would be able to extend their permit terms from 5 to 10 years.

The other passed legislation on the Chapter’s Session Priority list was HB 7003 by Rep. Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island). This bill creates a statewide Environmental Resource Permitting system. This legislation will give consistency to the five DEP districts when it comes to the permitting process.

Each bill is consistent with legislative intent to require regulations to be effective in protecting the environment, not just burdensome to industry.