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8/10/2012

DEP Releases Draft Versions of ERP Permitting Rules Revisions

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Draft versions of the following documents are available at the link below:

• 08/03/12 Joint Application (MSWord - 431 KB)
• 08/07/12 Applicant's Handbook Volume I (MSWord - 2.0 MB)
• 7/30/12 Draft ERP Fee Category Schedule (MSWord)
• 7/13/12 Draft Chapter 62-330, F.A.C. (MSWord - 840 KB)
• Example Applicants Handbook Volume II (MSWord - 390 KB)

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is holding a series of three webinars to gather public input on proposed changes to its Environmental Resource Permitting rules. The final webinar will be accessible via the GoToMeeting web conferencing service at 10 a.m. on August 16. Prior registration is necessary. Meeting agenda

On April 14, 2012, Governor Rick Scott signed legislation granting DEP the authority to create one statewide rule for the environmental resource permit (ERP) program. The DEP, in coordination with the five Water Management Districts (WMDs), is required to develop statewide ERP rules governing the construction, alteration, operation, maintenance, repair, abandonment, and removal of stormwater management systems, dams, impoundments, reservoirs, appurtenant works or works, or combinations thereof, to implement the Chapter 373, Part IV of the Florida Statutes, which governs the Management and Storage of Surface Waters. This rulemaking will rely primarily upon existing rules of DEP and WMDs, revised as necessary "to achieve a more consistent, effective, and streamlined approach to implement the ERP program." Chapter 373 will be substantially revised to become the statewide ERP rules.

The DEP has set up a website to provide information about the statewide rulemaking process and to gather public input. According to its website:

DEP and the water management districts will engage the public during rule development by:
  • Hosting public workshops and comment pages for “real time” feedback from the public.
  • Posting and updating draft rules online, for review and comment, allowing more people to interact with our experts and comment on our rules.
While comments may be provided directly to agency staff, providing comments through the Discussion Forum will ensure that the appropriate staff members are made aware of your comments, suggestions and concerns. All comments will be reviewed and DEP staff will respond to individual comments, when appropriate, for clarification.

Click here to access draft permitting rules documents

Contact Information
Jennifer Butler, (for questions about webinars) Florida Department of Environmental Protection, jennifer.butler@dep.state.fl.us
phone: (850) 245-8485.
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