SB 532-Relating to Public Notification of Pollution
On Thursday, April 6th, SB 532, by Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton), was heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee and passed by a vote of 18 yeas to 0 nays. AIF stood in support of this bill.
This bill will require companies to notify the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) about the release of any dangerous substance within 24 hours of discovery, and DEP must then publish a public notice within 24 hours.
SB 532 will now go to the Senate floor to be heard.
AIF SUPPORTS the FDEP's role as the recipient of notifications regarding incidents from the regulated business community do to their experience, expertise, and ability to determine potential impacts from any reported incidents.