Understanding New Environmental Legislation, Part 4 of 5: “Case Closed” — or is it?

What happens when the matter of contamination on a given property has officially been declared closed… but then additional contamination is discovered on that same property? The answer to that question has not been completely clear. A new clause added with 2016 legislation adds some clarity by stating that a property may still be eligible for cleanup assistance — even after the issuance of a Site Rehabilitation Completion Order (SRCO) or a No Further Action… Read More

Understanding New Environmental Legislation, Part 3 of 5: New opportunities to clean up properties burdened by abandoned petroleum tanks.

Thanks to this year’s Florida Legislative Session, a door that’s been closed for 20 years has been reopened. The statutory application deadline for the Abandoned Tank Restoration Program (ATRP)—previously frozen at June 30, 1996—has been removed. This means the ATRP eligibility program (which provides 100% state funding with no cap, and has a $500 deductible for petroleum site remediation) is once again open to all applicants who can demonstrate: that they meet the established statutory… Read More