Florida Department of Environmental Protection News

Florida Forms Task Force, Commits $3M to Study Toxic Algae Blooms

Florida’s governor has created a new task force to help clean up the state’s lakes and rivers as lawmakers approved funding for research into toxic red tide that has affected the state’s coastline. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the formation of …

Florida to Require 2-Day Public Notification of Pollution Spills

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is poised to sign a bill that will require the public to receive notification of pollution spills within two days of discovery. The Florida Legislature passed a bill (SB 532) Wednesday that requires polluters to notify …

Florida Judge Finds Pollution Notification Rule is Invalid

A Florida judge says a rule requiring companies to notify the public of pollution events within 24 hours is invalid. The new rule was pushed by Gov. Rick Scott after it took weeks for the public to be notified about …

Company Behind Giant Florida Sinkhole Hopes it Will be Plugged by Spring

A massive sinkhole at a fertilizer plant should be plugged by spring, months after contaminated water and waste began flowing into Florida’s main drinking water aquifer, the company said Friday. In an email to The Associated Press, Mosaic spokeswoman Callie …

Clean-Up Deal Reached for Florida Sinkhole that Contaminated Water

Florida officials have reached a deal with the company responsible for a large sinkhole that resulted in millions of gallons of contaminated water pouring into a drinking water aquifer. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued the consent order to …

Florida Governor Issues Emergency Rule on Public Notice of Pollution Events

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has issued an emergency rule requiring public notification of pollution events within 24 hours, a move that comes after it took weeks to notify local residents about a fertilizer plant that leaked millions of gallons of …

Florida Residents Near Sinkhole Filled with Fertilizer File Federal Lawsuit

A federal lawsuit was filed late Thursday by three central Florida residents who live near a fertilizer plant where more than 200 million gallons of contaminated wastewater leaked into one of the state’s main underground sources of drinking water. The …

Florida Gov Orders Investigation into St. Petersburg Sewage Spill

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to investigate a sewage spill in St. Petersburg. Heavy rain during Hurricane Hermine overloaded the city’s sewer systems, sending millions of gallons of sewage to flow into streets and …

Florida Residents Want Water Tested After Leak of 200M Gallons of Fertilizer

Dozens of residents who live near a Florida fertilizer plant that has leaked more than 200 million gallons of contaminated water into a drinking water aquifer have asked for their water wells to be tested for pollutants. The Mosaic Co., …

Environmental Groups Concerned Over Renewed Oil Hunt in Florida

Renewed hunts for oil in sensitive Florida ecosystems have environmental groups raising questions about the state’s regulation of the oil and gas industry. A Miami company, Kanter Real Estate LLC, has submitted a permit application to drill an exploratory oil …