Florida Senate - 2022                   (PROPOSED BILL) SPB 7012
       FOR CONSIDERATION By the Committee on Environment and Natural
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    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to a Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl
    3         Substances Task Force; creating the task force within
    4         the Department of Environmental Protection; providing
    5         the membership, organization, and duties of the task
    6         force; requiring the department to provide staffing to
    7         assist the task force in the performance of its
    8         duties; requiring the task force to convene by a
    9         specified date; requiring the task force to submit an
   10         annual report to the Governor and the Legislature by a
   11         specified date; providing requirements for the report;
   12         providing for the repeal of the task force; providing
   13         an effective date.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17         Section 1. Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Task
   18  Force.—
   19         (1)The PFAS Task Force is created within the Department of
   20  Environmental Protection. The task force is composed of the
   21  following 15 members:
   22         (a)One representative from each of the following state
   23  entities:
   24         1.The Department of Environmental Protection, appointed by
   25  the secretary of the department.
   26         2.The Department of Health, appointed by the State Surgeon
   27  General.
   28         3.The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,
   29  appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture.
   30         4.The Division of Emergency Management, appointed by the
   31  division director.
   32         5.The Bureau of Fire Standards and Training within the
   33  Department of Financial Services, appointed by the Chief
   34  Financial Officer.
   35         (b)One representative of each of the following
   36  organizations, appointed by the Governor:
   37         1.The Florida League of Cities.
   38         2.The Florida Association of Counties.
   39         3.The Florida Water Environment Association.
   40         4.The Florida Section of the American Water Works
   41  Association.
   42         5.The Florida Airports Council.
   43         6.The National Waste and Recycling Association.
   44         7.The Florida Brownfields Association.
   45         8.The Florida Ground Water Association.
   46         9.The Florida Sunshine Chapter of the Solid Waste
   47  Association of North America.
   48         10.The Manufacturers Association of Florida.
   49         (2)The task force shall elect a chair from among its
   50  membership. Except as otherwise provided, the task force shall
   51  operate in a manner consistent with s. 20.052, Florida Statutes.
   52         (3)The task force shall meet as necessary, but at least
   53  quarterly, and may conduct its meetings through teleconferencing
   54  or other similar means.
   55         (4)Members of the task force are entitled to receive
   56  reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses, pursuant to s.
   57  112.061, Florida Statutes, for service on the task force.
   58         (5)The task force shall develop recommendations for all of
   59  the following:
   60         (a)Enforceable regulatory standards for PFAS in drinking
   61  water, groundwater, and soil.
   62         (b)A mechanism for the identification and cleanup of
   63  contaminated areas.
   64         (c)Methods to address liability for contamination and
   65  financial responsibility for cleanup.
   66         (d)Appropriate methods and technologies, considering cost,
   67  for cleanup and treatment of PFAS contamination.
   68         (e)Funding sources and mechanisms for prioritizing the
   69  distribution of funds for cleanup and remediation of PFAS
   70  contamination.
   71         (f)Methods to manage waste containing PFAS to prevent
   72  possible release or discharge into the environment which could
   73  cause contamination of drinking water, groundwater, and soil.
   74         (g)Appropriate testing for and monitoring of PFAS in
   75  drinking water, groundwater, and soil to protect the public
   76  health and welfare.
   77         (h)Methods to eliminate workplace exposure within the
   78  manufacturing industry.
   79         (6)The department shall provide staff to assist the task
   80  force in performing its duties.
   81         (7)The task force shall convene no later than October 1,
   82  2022. The task force shall submit an annual report on its
   83  progress and findings to the Governor, the President of the
   84  Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by each
   85  October 1, beginning in 2023. In addition to the recommendations
   86  required by subsection (5), the report must also include the
   87  following information:
   88         (a)The current science on PFAS, including harmful levels
   89  and ingestion and exposure routes, with particular attention to
   90  significant developments.
   91         (b)Geographic areas with particularly high levels of
   92  contamination identified in this state.
   93         (c)Past and present actions by the state and federal
   94  government to address PFAS.
   95         (8)This section is repealed on July 1, 2026.
   96         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.