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DEP Publishes Draft Statewide ERP Rule

Posted Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

On April 12, 2013, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published a notice of a proposed rule for Chapter 62-330, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), regarding the statewide environmental resource permitting rule (SWERP).  A copy of the rule can be found here.  In 2012, the Florida Legislature instructed DEP to develop the SWERP in coordination with Florida’s five water management districts.  SWERP will be implemented by DEP and apply statewide to the water management districts, as well as local governments with delegated ERP authority.  The purpose of the rule is to streamline environmental resource permitting in Florida, provide statewide consistency, and reduce regulatory costs and burdens for the public, while preserving environmental standards.

DEP has prepared a Statement of Estimated Regulatory Costs (SERC).  Any persons wishing to provide information regarding the SERC, or provide a proposal for a lower cost regulatory alternative must do so by May 3, 2013.

On May 6, 2013, DEP will hold a hearing on the proposed rule.  Interested persons may attend in person in Tallahassee or via a webinar. Visit here for more information. Florida law requires DEP to consider material comments regarding the proposed rule submitted by May 3, 2013, or at the end of the hearing on May 6, 2013.

For more information contact Amelia Savage.

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