On Thursday, the Florida Senate unanimously approved House Bill 7051. HB 7051 accomplishes a number of things:
- Provides the statutorily required legislative approval of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) numeric nutrient criteria, found in revised Rules 62-302, F.A.C., and 62-303, F.A.C.;
- Directs FDEP to submit its rules to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for review under the Clean Water Act; and
- Establishes FDEP’s state-run nutrient reduction and pollution prevention program.
Having previously been approved by the Florida House of Representatives, the next stop for the bill is Governor Scott’s desk. He is expected to quickly sign the bill.
The FDEP will brief the Florida Environmental Regulation Commission (ERC) concerning the status of the state standards at a meeting scheduled for February 16, 2012. The state standards were previously approved for adoption by the ERC on December 8, 2011. These standards propose numeric nutrient criteria for lakes, flowing waters (streams), springs, and estuary specific criteria for several Florida estuaries.
Information for the meeting is as follows:
Date/Time: February 16, 2012, 9:00 a.m.
Location: 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., Douglas Building, Conference Room A, Tallahassee, FL