DOAH Strikes Onerous Proposed Rule Requiring Public Notification of “Reportable Releases”

…New Pollution Notification Legislation in the Works Recently, the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) entered a final order invalidating the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) proposed rule expanding notification requirements (including notification to the local media) for every release of any substance that could pose an immediate danger to human health, welfare, or property. Recently,…

Don’t blame rain for sewage discharge

From the Tampa Bay Times: The recent sewage discharge into Tampa Bay was a result of the excessive rainfall, but only indirectly. The primary and more compelling reason is a sanitary sewer system that is in disrepair. A properly functioning sanitary sewer system will not be adversely affected by rainfall. (Stormwater sewer systems operate separately.)…