What We Do
The Environmental Engineering and Permitting division's goal is to protects public health, safety, and welfare by administering and enforcing rules, policies and ordinances affecting air, water, aquatic, wetland and tree resources of Broward County and restoration of the environment. You can become earth friendly and read about the Top 10 Things You Can Do to Reduce Climate Change
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A "Brownfield site" as stated in Florida Statutes (376.79, F.S.) is “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by actual or perceived environmental contamination.” A “Brownfield area” means a “contiguous area of one or more brownfield sites, some of which may or may not be contaminated, and which has been designated by a local government by resolution.” Brownfield areas may include all or portions of community redevelopment areas, enterprise zones, empowerment zones, other such designated economically deprived communities and areas, and Environmental Protection Agency - designated brownfield pilot projects.
The Environmental Assessment and Remediation (EAR) Section regulates the majority of the 1,000+ contaminated sites in Broward County. Our goal is to identify, assess, and clean up soil and groundwater contamination while protecting human health and the environment. The EAR Section manages the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) state-funded programs for the assessment and clean-up of petroleum contamination from storage tank systems. The EAR also manages Licensing, assessment, and remediation of non-funded sites with petroleum, dry cleaning solvent, and other chemical contamination. Finally the EAR manages sites that have a Brownfield Site Rehabilitation Agreement (BSRA) with Broward County. Brownfield sites are abandoned or underutilized industrial or commercial properties where redevelopment is complicated by actual or perceived environmental contamination.
The Tree Preservation Program enforces Chapter 27 Article XIV of the Broward County Pollution Control Code, titled “Tree Preservation And Abuse Ordinance”. This article has Countywide authority, although it is not enforced in municipalities that have as stringent regulations.
The Water Programs Section protects the water, aquatic, wetland and tree resources of Broward County through the regulation of surface water management systems, domestic wastewater discharges, non-domestic wastewater discharges, non-point source pollution, dredging projects, wetlands, docks/seawalls and through the enforcement of the Broward County Tree Preservation and Abuse Ordinance.
The Waste Regulation Section is responsible for administering the licensing and compliance for all solid waste management facilities, waste transporters, borrow pit reclamation areas, and hazardous material transfer stations within Broward County as required under county and state regulations; Conducting inspections at all licensed facilities to ensure compliance with environmental regulations; Administering the state delegated solid waste licensing and compliance program.