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New Emergency Rule in Florida Requires Responsible Parties to Quickly Notify Public of Pollution Spills

By: The National Law Review

On Sept. 26, 2016, Governor Scott ordered the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to immediately issue an emergency rule requiring immediate notification of pollution spills to the general public, FDEP, and local governments. FDEP provides a copy of the Governor’s order and related materials on its website.

During an investigation of two recent pollution spills that had the potential to impact drinking water, the Governor concluded that the public should be immediately notified by responsible parties when pollution incidents occur. This is not required under current law.