Florida Senate - 2022 SB 1418 By Senator Albritton 26-01563-22 20221418__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to soil and groundwater contamination; 3 creating s. 376.91, F.S.; defining terms; requiring 4 the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt 5 rules for statewide cleanup target levels for 6 perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances in soil 7 and groundwater; prohibiting such rules from taking 8 effect until ratified by the Legislature; providing 9 that certain persons are not subject to administrative 10 or judicial action under certain circumstances; 11 providing that certain statutes of limitation are 12 tolled from a specified date; providing construction; 13 requiring the Office of Program Policy Analysis and 14 Government Accountability to conduct a specified 15 analysis of certain assessment and cleanup programs 16 and submit a report to the Governor and the 17 Legislature by a specified date; providing a directive 18 to the Division of Law Revision; providing an 19 effective date. 20 21 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 22 23 Section 1. Section 376.91, Florida Statutes, is created to 24 read: 25 376.91 Statewide cleanup of perfluoroalkyl and 26 polyfluoroalkyl substances.— 27 (1) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term: 28 (a) “Department” means the Department of Environmental 29 Protection. 30 (b) “PFAS” means perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl 31 substances, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and 32 perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). 33 (2) STATEWIDE CLEANUP TARGET LEVELS.— 34 (a) The department shall adopt by rule statewide cleanup 35 target levels for PFAS in soils and groundwater using criteria 36 set forth in s. 376.30701, with priority given to PFOA and PFOS. 37 The rules for statewide cleanup target levels may not take 38 effect until ratified by the Legislature. 39 (b) Until the department’s rule for a particular PFAS 40 constituent has been ratified by the Legislature, a person may 41 not be subject to any administrative or judicial action brought 42 by or on behalf of any state or local governmental entity to 43 compel or enjoin site rehabilitation, to require payment for the 44 cost of rehabilitation of environmental contamination, or to 45 require payment of any fines or penalties regarding 46 rehabilitation based on the presence of that particular PFAS 47 constituent. 48 (c) Until site rehabilitation is completed or rules for 49 statewide cleanup target levels are ratified by the Legislature, 50 any statute of limitations that would bar a state or local 51 governmental entity from pursuing relief in accordance with its 52 existing authority is tolled from the effective date of this 53 act. 54 (d) This section does not affect the ability or authority 55 to seek contribution from any person who may have liability with 56 respect to a contaminated site and who did not receive 57 protection under paragraph (b). 58 Section 2. (1) The Office of Program Policy Analysis and 59 Government Accountability shall conduct an analysis of programs 60 in other states for the assessment and cleanup of soil and 61 groundwater contamination, including programs for brownfields, 62 petroleum, drycleaning solvents, and other chemical 63 contamination. Based on its analysis, the office shall recommend 64 any changes to Florida’s current programs that would improve the 65 state’s ability to effectively address environmental 66 contamination assessment and cleanup, including the efficacy of 67 consolidating the state’s programs into a single remediation 68 program. The analysis must include, at a minimum: 69 (a) Funding mechanisms and sources of funding. 70 (b) Funding eligibility requirements. 71 (c) Current levels of funding. 72 (d) An evaluation of best practices for successful cleanup 73 programs and single remediation programs in other states and how 74 such practices and programs address the needs of investigation 75 and remediation stakeholders. 76 (e) A comparison of best practices for successful cleanup 77 programs and single remediation programs in other states and 78 cleanup and remediation programs in this state. 79 (2) The office shall submit a report of its findings and 80 any recommendations to the Governor, the President of the 81 Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by 82 January 1, 2023. 83 Section 3. The Division of Law Revision is directed to 84 replace the phrase “the effective date of this act” wherever it 85 occurs in this act with the date this act becomes a law. 86 Section 4. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.