Understanding New Environmental Legislation, Part 5 of 5: PCPP provides yet another option for cleaning up petroleum-contaminated properties.

This last entry in my five-part series on new environmental laws spotlights Florida’s Petroleum Cleanup Participation Program (PCPP), a cost-sharing program in which the state provides 75% of cleanup funds for an authorized property. Under this year’s legislation, the former statutory application deadline of December 31, 1998 has been removed.  This opens up the possibility of participation for all applicants who can demonstrate that they meet the statutory requirements. While the program’s funding cap of… Read More

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

Understanding New Environmental Legislation, Part 2 of 5: Advancements in the Advanced Cleanup Program

This is the second installment in my five-part series summarizing environmental highlights from the 2016 Florida Legislative Session. This session saw a significant expansion to Florida’s Advanced Cleanup Program (ACP), which is designed to provide remedial funding to address petroleum contamination in advance of priority order. It is an excellent option for pending real estate transactions or for owners who want to close the regulatory file on individual or multiple sites. Senate Bill 100, effective… Read More

Low-Scored Site Initiative Scores Some Big Improvements: Understanding New Environmental Legislation, Part 1 of 5

The 2016 Florida Legislative Session brought about some significant changes in the area of environmental legislation. This is the first in a series of five quick recaps I’ll give you, focusing mainly on amendments to Florida Statute 376—particularly as those amendments impact the Petroleum Restoration Program (PRP). One of the biggest developments is that this year’s new legislation ushers in a whole series of expansions to the Low-Scored Site Initiative (LSSI). LSSI, originally established for… Read More

ERMI submits one of 12 successful applications to the FDEP during the recent ‘Advanced Cleanup Application Period’

The award secured approximately $75,895.47 in funding for the ERMI client and it enables them to pursue remediation outside of the priority funding order. Please refer to the State of Florida website for the latest FDEP Announcements, including the PAC Awards. Contact ERMI for more information regarding the FDEP Advanced Cleanup Program or any of the other FDEP Announcements.