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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title XXIX
Chapter 403
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F.S. 403.0855
403.0855 Biosolids management.
(1) The Legislature finds that it is in the best interest of this state to regulate biosolids management in order to minimize the migration of nutrients that impair water bodies. The Legislature further finds that permitting according to site-specific application conditions, an increased inspection rate, groundwater and surface water monitoring protocols, and nutrient management research will improve biosolids management and assist in protecting this state’s water resources and water quality.
(2) The department shall adopt rules for biosolids management. Rules adopted by the department pursuant to this section may not take effect until ratified by the Legislature.
(3) For a new land application site permit or a permit renewal issued after July 1, 2020, the permittee of a biosolids land application site shall:
(a) Ensure a minimum unsaturated soil depth of 2 feet between the depth of biosolids placement and the water table level at the time the Class A or Class B biosolids are applied to the soil. Biosolids may not be applied on soils that have a seasonal high-water table less than 6 inches from the soil surface or within 6 inches of the intended depth of biosolids placement, unless a department-approved nutrient management plan and water quality monitoring plan provide reasonable assurances that the land application of biosolids at the site will not cause or contribute to a violation of the state’s surface water quality standards or groundwater standards. As used in this subsection, the term “seasonal high water” means the elevation to which the ground and surface water may be expected to rise due to a normal wet season.
(b) Be enrolled in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services best management practices program or be within an agricultural operation enrolled in the program for the applicable commodity type.
(4) All permits shall comply with the requirements of subsection (3) by July 1, 2022.
(5) New or renewed biosolids land application site or facility permits issued after July 1, 2020, must comply with this section and include a permit condition that requires the permit to be reopened to insert a compliance date of no later than 1 year after the effective date of the rules adopted pursuant to subsection (2). All permits must meet the requirements of the rules adopted pursuant to subsection (2) no later than 2 years after the effective date of such rules.
(6) A municipality or county may enforce or extend a local ordinance, regulation, resolution, rule, moratorium, or policy, any of which was adopted before November 1, 2019, relating to the land application of Class A or Class B biosolids until the ordinance, regulation, resolution, rule, moratorium, or policy is repealed by the municipality or county.
History.s. 16, ch. 2020-150.