Florida Senate - 2013 (PROPOSED COMMITTEE BILL) SPB 7034 FOR CONSIDERATION By the Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation 592-02550-13 20137034__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to numeric nutrient criteria; amending 3 s. 403.061, F.S.; authorizing the Department of 4 Environmental Protection to implement ss. 403.088 and 5 403.067, F.S., to control nutrient load in state 6 waters; authorizing the department to implement its 7 adopted nutrient standards; directing the department 8 to remove rule 62-302.531(9), Florida Administrative 9 Code, when the United States Environmental Protection 10 Agency withdraws all federal numeric nutrient criteria 11 rules in the state; subjecting any numeric nutrient 12 rules for estuaries adopted in 2013 to the provisions 13 of rule 62-302.531(9), Florida Administrative Code, 14 and exempting them from ratification under s. 15 120.541(3), F.S.; directing the department to 16 establish estuary specific numeric interpretations of 17 the narrative nutrient criterion for total nitrogen, 18 total phosphorus, and chlorophyll a for any estuary 19 not already subject to department numeric nutrient 20 criteria; directing the department to send a report to 21 the Governor, the Speaker of the House of 22 Representatives, and the President of the Senate by 23 August 1, 2013, concerning the status of establishing 24 numeric nutrient criteria in the state; providing an 25 effective date. 26 27 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 28 29 Section 1. Subsection (43) is added to section 403.061, 30 Florida Statutes, to read: 31 403.061 Department; powers and duties.—The department shall 32 have the power and the duty to control and prohibit pollution of 33 air and water in accordance with the law and rules adopted and 34 promulgated by it and, for this purpose, to: 35 (43)(a) Implement ss. 403.088 and 403.067 in flowing waters 36 consistent with the attainment and maintenance of: 37 1. The narrative criterion for nutrients and any in-stream 38 numeric interpretation of the narrative water quality criterion 39 for nutrients adopted by the department in streams, canals, and 40 other conveyances; and 41 2. Nutrient water quality standards applicable to 42 downstream waters. 43 (b) The loading of nutrients to downstream waters from a 44 stream, canal, or other conveyance shall be limited to provide 45 for the attainment and maintenance of nutrient water quality 46 standards in the downstream waters. 47 1. If the downstream water does not have a total maximum 48 daily load adopted under s. 403.067 and has not been verified as 49 impaired by nutrient loadings, then the department shall 50 implement its authority in a manner that prevents impairment of 51 the downstream water due to loadings from the upstream water. 52 2. If the downstream water does not have a total maximum 53 daily load adopted under s. 403.067 but has been verified as 54 impaired by nutrient loadings, then the department shall adopt a 55 total maximum daily load under s. 403.067. 56 3. If the downstream water has a total maximum daily load 57 adopted under s. 403.067 that interprets the narrative water 58 quality criterion for nutrients, then allocations shall be set 59 for upstream water bodies in accordance with s. 403.067(6), and 60 if applicable, the basin management action plan established 61 under s. 403.067(7). 62 (c) Compliance with an allocation calculated under s. 63 403.067(6), or if applicable, the basin management action plan 64 established under s. 403.067(7) for the downstream water shall 65 constitute reasonable assurance that a discharge does not cause 66 or contribute to the violation of the downstream nutrient water 67 quality standards. 68 69 The department shall implement such programs in conjunction with 70 its other powers and duties and shall place special emphasis on 71 reducing and eliminating contamination that presents a threat to 72 humans, animals or plants, or to the environment. 73 Section 2. The Department of Environmental Protection is 74 authorized to implement its adopted nutrient standards for 75 streams, springs, lakes, and estuaries consistent with the 76 document entitled “Implementation of Florida’s Numeric Nutrient 77 Standards,” which was proposed for adoption by the department in 78 the Florida Administrative Register, Vol. xx, No. xx, pages xxx 79 xxx. This document shall be subject to the provisions of rule 80 62-302.531(9), Florida Administrative Code, and exempt from 81 ratification under s. 120.541(3), Florida Statutes. 82 Section 3. When the United States Environmental Protection 83 Agency withdraws all federal numeric nutrient criteria rules in 84 the State of Florida, and otherwise ceases all federal nutrient 85 rulemaking in the State of Florida, then rule 62-302.531(9), 86 Florida Administrative Code, shall expire and the Department of 87 Environmental Protection shall remove it from the Florida 88 Administrative Code pursuant to the provisions of chapter 120, 89 Florida Statutes. 90 Section 4. Any nutrient criteria rules for estuaries 91 adopted by the Department of Environmental Protection in 2013 92 are subject to the provisions of rule 62-302.531(9), Florida 93 Administrative Code, and exempt from ratification under s. 94 120.541(3), Florida Statutes. 95 Section 5. The Department of Environmental Protection shall 96 establish by rule or final order the estuary specific numeric 97 interpretations of the narrative nutrient criterion for total 98 nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll a for any estuaries 99 not already subject to the department’s numeric nutrient 100 criteria, and establish chlorophyll a interpretations of the 101 narrative nutrient criterion for non-estuarine coastal waters by 102 December 1, 2014, subject to the provisions of chapter 120, 103 Florida Statutes. The water quality standard pursuant to s. 104 403.061(11), Florida Statutes, for total nitrogen, total 105 phosphorus, and chlorophyll a in estuaries, and chlorophyll a in 106 non-estuarine coastal waters, shall be the current conditions of 107 those unimpaired waters, accounting for climactic and hydrologic 108 cycles, until such time as a numeric interpretation of the 109 narrative water quality criterion for nutrients is established 110 by rule or final order. The Department of Environmental 111 Protection shall send a report to the Governor, the Speaker of 112 the House of Representatives, and the President of the Senate by 113 August 1, 2013, conveying the status of establishing numeric 114 interpretations of the narrative nutrient criterion pursuant to 115 this section and including the department’s calculation of the 116 numeric values that represent the current conditions of those 117 unimpaired waters as stated herein for those estuaries and non 118 estuarine coastal waters without numeric interpretations of the 119 narrative nutrient criterion established by rule or final order 120 as of the date of the report. 121 Section 6. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.