November 9, 1987
Mining in Wetlands
Problem: Mining in wetlands requires multiple agency
permits with diverse standards and conditions.
DNR requires a comprehensive reclamation plan for mining.
Because of the comprehensive nature of the DNR reclamation
plan, review is given to the storage, management and
consolidation of waste products and mandated restoration of
the terrain. Dredge and fill permits are required from DER
and surface water management permits from a WMD.
Large mines may also require approval as a DRI.
This overlap of regulation in the wetlands involves less
than 5% of the phophate land mined since 1975. DNR has the
authority to delegate regulation of the mines to local
governments, and intends to pursue a course of full
DER's mitigation rule provides for the presumption that
approved DNR reclamation plans will be acceptable as
mitigation for waters addressed in those plans.
s. 403.061, F.S. Department; Powers and Duties.
ss. 403.011-.4153, F.S. Florida Air and Water Pollution
Chapter 378, F.S. Land Reclamation
Provide that the reclamation program remain in DNR, but
that in those wetland areas where mining occurs, WMD
decisions regarding permits will _b binding,, / _