State Assumption of Federal Dredge & Fill Permit Authority (Support)

State Assumption of Federal Dredge & Fill Permit Authority (Support)

SB 1402 (Simmons) and HB 7043 (Natural Resources & Public Lands Subcommittee) (authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to adopt rules to assume and implement the Section 404 dredge and fill permitting program pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act, in conjunction with DEP’s Environmental Resource Permitting program. The bill specifies that such rules shall not become effective until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approves of Florida’s assumption application. (O’Hara)