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Legislative Updates

Water Quality Enhancement Areas (WQEAs):

On July 1, 2022, the Environmental Management bill (HB 965) became effective as Florida law. This law authorizes the creation of water quality enhancement areas (WQEAs), which are natural systems constructed, operated, managed, and maintained for the purpose of providing offsite regional treatment. These WQEAs must be used to address contributions of one or more pollutants or other constituents in the watershed, basin, sub-basin, targeted restoration area, waterbody, or section of waterbody where the WQEA is located that do not meet applicable state water quality criteria. The law also authorized the use of enhancement credits for specific purposes related to these WQEAs. Additionally, HB 965 revised requirements for developers and homebuilders to qualify for graywater technology incentives.

Posted: August 8, 2022 

Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS):

On June 15, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new health advisories which revealed that perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are far more dangerous to human and environmental health than previously thought. However, federal standards for regulating PFAS have not yet been established. 

In response to these health advisories, Florida legislation (HB 1475) was signed into law on June 20, 2022, requiring the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to adopt statewide cleanup target levels for PFAS in soil, drinking water, and groundwater. These cleanup target levels for the state of Florida will only be adopted if the EPA has not finalized its national standards for PFAS by January 1, 2025.

PFAS are a group of thousands of man-made chemical compounds developed for a multitude of everyday products ranging from non-stick pans and carpet to firefighting foams. PFAS don't break down in the environment and because of this, they can now be found in water, air, soil, wildlife, and in the blood 99% of Americans. 

Posted: July 1, 2022