Friday, October 12, 2007

From Mark Ferrulo, Director, Environment Florida:

Dear Colleagues,

I thought you might be interested in a report Environment Florida released today entitled “Troubled Waters: An analysis of 2005 Clean Water Act compliance.”

Using the Freedom of Information Act, Environment Florida obtained data on major facilities’ compliance with the Clean Water Act between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2005 (the most recent data available.) Some of the key findings include:

128 facilities in Florida reported more than 910 exceedances of their Clean Water Act permits in 2005.

Hillsborough County ranked 11th in the nation for the number of major facilities exceeding their Clean Water Act permits. Polk County was 16th in the nation and Duval County 22nd

On average, Florida facilities exceeding their Clean Water Act permits did so by 216 percent.

Polluters in Florida reported 51 instances in which they exceeded their Clean Water Act permit by at least 500 percent over the legal limit.

The report appendix includes information on each major facility in Florida that exceeded their Clean Water Act permit, what type of exceedance, what pollutant and into which Florida water ways.

To download the full report, visit
To download just the appendix with facility, pollutant, receiving water body and exceedance type, go to

Mark Ferrulo
Environment Florida
Environment Florida Research & Policy Center
926 E. Park Ave.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 224-5944

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