Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1402 By Senator Simmons 9-00612D-18 20181402__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to state assumption of federal section 3 404 dredge and fill permitting authority; creating s. 4 373.4146, F.S.; defining the term “state assumed 5 waters”; providing the Department of Environmental 6 Protection with the power and authority to adopt rules 7 to assume and implement the section 404 dredge and 8 fill permitting program pursuant to the federal Clean 9 Water Act; specifying that certain rules, standards, 10 or other requirements are not effective or enforceable 11 until such assumption is approved; providing 12 legislative intent; providing applicability of other 13 state law regulating discharges; specifying the 14 applicability of certain exemptions; specifying 15 department authority upon assumption of the section 16 404 dredge and fill permitting program; specifying 17 certain procedures for permit applications; exempting 18 the department from certain permitting timeframe 19 limitations upon such assumption; specifying the 20 maximum dredge and fill permit period for activities 21 in state assumed waters; specifying certain procedures 22 for permit reissuance; requiring the department to 23 adopt rules to create an expedited permit review 24 process; specifying applicability of certain 25 administrative procedures; authorizing the department 26 to delegate certain activities; specifying that the 27 department must retain the authority to review, 28 modify, revoke, or rescind any permit authorizing 29 activities in state assumed waters which is issued by 30 a delegated entity; providing an effective date. 31 32 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 33 34 Section 1. Section 373.4146, Florida Statutes, is created 35 to read: 36 373.4146 State assumption of the federal Clean Water Act, 37 section 404 dredge and fill permitting program.— 38 (1) As used in this section, the term “state assumed 39 waters” means waters of the United States that the state assumes 40 permitting authority over pursuant to s. 404 of the Clean Water 41 Act, Pub. L. No. 92-500, as amended, 33 U.S.C. ss. 1251 et seq., 42 and rules promulgated thereunder, for the purposes of permitting 43 the discharge of dredge or fill material. 44 (2) The department has the power and authority to assume, 45 in accordance with 40 C.F.R. part 233, the dredge and fill 46 permitting program established in s. 404 of the Clean Water Act, 47 Pub. L. No. 92-500, as amended, 33 U.S.C. ss. 1251 et seq., and 48 rules promulgated thereunder. The department may adopt any 49 federal requirements, criteria, or regulations necessary to 50 obtain assumption, including, but not limited to, the guidelines 51 specified in 40 C.F.R. part 230 and the public interest review 52 criteria in 33 C.F.R. s. 320.4(a). Any rule, standard, or other 53 requirement adopted pursuant to the authority granted in this 54 subsection for purposes of obtaining assumption may not become 55 effective or otherwise enforceable until the United States 56 Environmental Protection Agency has approved the state’s 57 assumption application. This legislative authority is intended 58 to be sufficient to enable the department to assume and 59 implement the federal section 404 dredge and fill permitting 60 program in conjunction with the environmental resource 61 permitting program established in this chapter. 62 (3) To the extent that state law applies and does not 63 conflict with the federal requirements identified in subsection 64 (2), the application of such state law to further regulate 65 discharges in state assumed waters is not prohibited. Provisions 66 of state law which conflict with the federal requirements 67 identified in subsection (2) do not apply to state administered 68 section 404 permits. 69 (4) A state administered section 404 permit is not required 70 for activities as specified in 33 U.S.C. s. 1344(f), 40 C.F.R. 71 s. 232.3, or 33 C.F.R. s. 323.4. The exemptions established in 72 ss. 373.406, 373.4145, and 403.813 still apply to environmental 73 resource permits. However, the exemptions identified in ss. 74 373.406, 373.4145, and 403.813 may not be applied to state 75 administered section 404 permits. 76 (5) Upon state assumption of the section 404 dredge and 77 fill permitting program pursuant to subsection (2): 78 (a) The department must grant or deny an application for a 79 state administered section 404 permit within the time allowed 80 for permit review under 40 C.F.R. part 233, subparts D and F. 81 The department is specifically exempted from the time 82 limitations provided in ss. 120.60 and 373.4141 for state 83 administered section 404 permits. 84 (b) All state administered section 404 permits issued under 85 this section must be for a period of no more than 5 years. Upon 86 an applicant’s submittal of a timely application for reissuance, 87 a state administered section 404 permit does not expire until 88 the department takes final action upon the application or until 89 the last day for seeking judicial review of the agency order or 90 a later date fixed by order of the reviewing court. If the 91 department fails to render a permitting decision within the time 92 allowed by s. 404 of the Clean Water Act, Pub. L. No. 92-500, as 93 amended, 33 U.S.C. ss. 1251 et seq., 40 C.F.R. part 233, 94 subparts D and F, or a memorandum of agreement executed by the 95 department and the United States Environmental Protection 96 Agency, whichever is shorter, the applicant may apply for an 97 order from the circuit court requiring the department to render 98 a decision within a specified time. The department must adopt by 99 rule an expedited permit review process that is consistent with 100 federal law for the reissuance of state administered section 404 101 permits where there have been no material changes in the scope 102 of the project as originally permitted, site and surrounding 103 environmental conditions have not changed, and the applicant 104 does not have a history of noncompliance with the existing 105 permit. The decision by the department to approve the reissuance 106 of any state administered section 404 permit issued pursuant to 107 this section is subject to ss. 120.569 and 120.57 only with 108 respect to any material permit modification or material changes 109 in the scope of the project as originally permitted. 110 (c) The department may delegate administration of the state 111 administered section 404 permitting program if such delegation 112 is in accordance with federal law. The department must retain 113 the authority to review, modify, revoke, or rescind a state 114 administered section 404 permit issued by any delegated entity 115 to ensure consistency with federal law. 116 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.