Florida League of Cities

Soil and Groundwater Contamination (Support) – PASSED 

CS/HB 1475 (McClure) provides that if the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not finalized its standards for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in drinking water, groundwater and soil by January 2025, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) must adopt by rule statewide cleanup target levels for PFAS in drinking water, soil and groundwater, with priority given to PFOA and PFOS. The DEP rules may not take effect until ratified by the Legislature. In addition, until the department’s rule for a particular PFAS constituent has been ratified by the Legislature, a governmental agency or private water supplier may not be subject to any administrative or judicial action under Chapter 376 brought by any state or local governmental entity to compel or enjoin site rehabilitation, to require payment for the cost of rehabilitation, or to require payment of any fines or penalties regarding rehabilitation based on the presence of that particular PFAS constituent. CS/HB 1475 passed the House (111-0) and the Senate (38-0) and is awaiting action by the Governor. (O’Hara)