The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published a Notice of Proposed Rule for Chapter 62-160, F.A.C. (Quality Assurance) in the Florida Administrative Register on March 14th, 2017. Strike-through/underlined versions of the final, proposed revisions to Chapter 62-160, the DEP field and laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (DEP SOPs), the Alternative and Modified Analytical Laboratory Methods document (DEP-QA-001/01), and summaries of revisions to all documents, may be viewed at the Revisions to Chapter 62-160 webpage.
The proposed revisions address paragraphs 403.0623(2)(a) and (b), Florida Statutes, enacted under Chapter 2016-01, Laws of Florida, which direct DEP to establish quality assurance (QA) standards for the collection and analysis of water quantity data. The proposed revisions also: (1) update the DEP field and laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (DEP SOPs), (2) address miscellaneous, minor revisions to various rules within the Chapter, based on stakeholder input, (3) generally provide for clarification, and (4) provide increased flexibility and clarity for application and approval of alternative and modified methods.
DEP will send another newsletter announcement providing the date when the proposed revisions will go into effect, once DEP files the rule certification package with the Department of State.
For further information, please contact Michael Blizzard in the Aquatic Ecology and Quality Assurance Section, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 6511, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2400; telephone, 850/245-8073; email, Michael.Blizzard@dep.state.fl.us.