Florida Senate - 2019 SB 1278 By Senator Mayfield 17-01217C-19 20191278__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to biosolids management; creating s. 3 403.0855, F.S.; providing legislative findings and 4 intent; defining the term “biosolids”; requiring the 5 Department of Environmental Protection to adopt rules 6 for biosolids management which meet certain 7 requirements; exempting the rulemaking from specified 8 requirements; providing applicability; providing that 9 certain ordinances, moratoriums, or regulations remain 10 in effect until they are repealed or expire; defining 11 the term “biosolids”; providing an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Section 403.0855, Florida Statutes, is created 16 to read: 17 403.0855 Biosolids management.— 18 (1) The Legislature finds that it is in the best interest 19 of this state to regulate biosolids management in order to 20 minimize the migration of nutrients that impair waterbodies. The 21 Legislature further finds that the expedited implementation of 22 the recommendations of the Biosolids Technical Advisory 23 Committee, including permitting according to site-specific 24 application conditions, an increased inspection rate, 25 groundwater and surface water monitoring protocols, and nutrient 26 management research, will improve biosolids management and 27 assist in protecting this state’s water resources and water 28 quality. The Legislature intends for innovative technologies in 29 biosolids processing to be implemented as a means to improve 30 biosolids management and to protect this state’s water resources 31 and water quality. 32 (2) As used in this section, the term “biosolids” has the 33 same meaning as in s. 373.4595(2). 34 (3) The department shall adopt rules for biosolids 35 management which include, but are not limited to, the following: 36 (a) Biosolids land application rates that ensure that 37 nitrogen and phosphorus do not impair surface water quality or 38 groundwater quality in nearby or downstream waterbodies; 39 (b) Site-specific land application criteria; and 40 (c) Monitoring requirements. 41 (4) Rules adopted pursuant to this section are not subject 42 to ss. 120.541(3) and 403.804(2). 43 (5) Nothing herein shall be construed to conflict with or 44 supersede s. 373.4595. 45 Section 2. An ordinance, moratorium, or regulation relating 46 to the land application of Class B biosolids adopted by a county 47 or municipality shall remain in effect until the county or 48 municipality repeals or lets expire the ordinance, moratorium, 49 or regulation. Nothing herein prohibits a county or municipality 50 from extending an existing ordinance, moratorium, or regulation. 51 The term “biosolids” has the same meaning as in s. 373.4595(2), 52 Florida Statutes. 53 Section 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.