Recycle Florida Today, Inc. Legislative Committee
SB 532 Relating to Public Notification of Pollution (2017 Session)
RFT position – neutral; monitoring
• Sponsor(s): Galvano. Co Sponsors: Benacquisto, Book, Rouson, Stewart, Young
• Public Notification of Pollution; Creating the “Public Notice of Pollution Act”; specifying authority of the Department of Environmental Protection; specifying that the act does not alter or affect the emergency management responsibilities of certain other governmental entities; requiring the department to establish and publish the types and amounts of a substance that, if released, would constitute a reportable release; specifying that providing a notice does not constitute an admission of liability or harm, etc. Effective Date: 7/1/2017
• Referred to Environmental Preservation and Conservation; Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources; Appropriations
BILL SUMMARY – from Gov’s Scott’s Sept. 26, 2016, news release:
“…following the sewage spill in Pinellas County and the sinkhole at Mosaic’s New Wales facility, Governor Scott is directing Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Jon Steverson to issue an emergency rule that establishes new requirements for public notification of pollution incidents to take effect immediately. This emergency rule will ensure the public, local governments and DEP are notified within 24 hours by all responsible parties following a pollution incident.