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It is my pleasure to present the 2007 State
Air Management
compliance and enforcement programs. In 2007, the Division issued 374
of the Environment report, highlighting
permits, conducted 493 facility inspections, initiated 57 enforcement actions,
The Air Management Division protects the environment and the public’s health
some of the key environmental issues
and responded to over 270 citizen’s complaints. These efforts resulted in a 95
and safety by maintaining the health-based National Ambient Air Quality Standards,
addressed by the EPC during the past year.
percent compliance rate among permitted wastewater facilities and the elimination
and by protecting the community from air toxics and noise pollution. In order
of thousands of gallon per day of sewage from entering Tampa Bay. The Division
As we enter our fourth decade of local
to keep the public informed of the quality of the air they are breathing, the
is also responsible for maintaining a certified environmental laboratory that
resource protection, it is not only a chance
Division maintains a daily Air Quality Index, which can be reached 24-hours a day,
provides analytical support to the Agency’s Divisions. During 2007, the laboratory
to reflect on all of our accomplishments,
seven days a week, by phone at 813.627.2626 or by visiting our Website at
performed more than 54,000 various air, water and soil analyses.
but also an opportunity to look ahead.
www.epchc.org. In 2007, Hillsborough County had five days when the air quality
was determined to be in the unhealthy range for sensitive individuals. There was
In 2007, the Division’s effort to protect water resources continued with enhanced
Since the 1960’s the EPC has evolved as
also one day when the air quality was determined to be very unhealthy due to
coordination of septic tank-related complaints with the Health Department,
a trendsetter in local environmental pro-
smoke from the wildfires in southern Georgia and northern Florida.
watershed technical assistance for pollution source tracking in support of Basin
tection and program efficiency. The EPC
Management Action Plans, and data entry and tracking of sanitary sewer overflows.
is a leader in receiving state delegations
During 2007, the Air Management Division fulfilled its responsibility to protect
for permitting and other regulatory
air quality by conducting over 300 inspections of commercial and industrial
activities. Delegation from the state to
sources; monitoring 200 plus asbestos removal projects; responding to
Wetlands Management
the local level streamlines environmental regulations, allowing residents and
approximately 800 citizen complaints on noise, odor and dust; and issuing some The Wetlands Management Division is responsible for the protection of wetlands
regulated entities to receive more efficient customer service.
200 permits to control industry emissions. within Hillsborough County. In 2007, the Division completed 438 wetland
delineations, reviewed 20 applications for mangrove trimming, and reviewed
In addition to our regulatory responsibilities, the EPC takes pride in serving the
Environmental Resources Management
1,386 projects associated with development throughout unincorporated
public in an educational and outreach role, a mediator for neighborhood disputes,
The Environmental Resources Management Division monitors water and sediment
Hillsborough County and its municipalities. The Division received 43 applications
and as an advisor to local governments on how to comply with state and federal
quality in Hillsborough County’s public waterways, including Tampa Bay, major
to impact wetlands, with 22.15 acres of wetland impacts and 125.71 acres
regulations. The EPC also offers many non-regulatory programs such as the
rivers and tributaries. The Division manages the Pollution Recovery Fund (PRF)
of wetland mitigation being authorized by the Executive Director. To ensure com-
Green Star and Green Yards Program and the Clean Air Partnership to the com-
The Board of the Environmental Protection
grants program, the Artificial Reef program, provides GIS and mapping support,
pliance with the approved mitigation plans, 507 inspections were conducted,
munity, providing environmental stewardship opportunities for local businesses.
Commission of Hillsborough County
conducts environmental impact assessments, works to establish
with 94 percent of the mitigation sites being found in compliance. In addition,
Over the past year, the EPC has been busy enhancing its wetlands program, by STANDING, LEFT TO RIGHT: environmental minimum flows and levels, and manages the seagrass and staff responded to 660 citizen complaints and issued 165 warning notices
offering a more streamlined approach to the many services the Division provides. Commissioner Brian Blair, EPC Vice Chair habitat restoration program. for alleged violations. In 2007, 81 wetland violation cases were escalated to
The Division has added online application forms, designated an Ombudsman Commissioner Jim Norman administrative enforcement and 63 enforcement documents were executed.
Our staff processed more than 100,000 water and benthic quality measure-
for enhanced community relations and has made rule revisions to help provide Commissioner Rose Ferlita
ments during 2007, and provided immediate response for investigation and
clarity as well as streamline the wetlands review process. Commissioner Kevin White Finance & Administration Management
monitoring of several major incidents and spills, including an anhydrous
The EPC continues to look for ways to better serve our community and we welcome
Commissioner Ken Hagan
ammonia pipeline breach. The Division also completed the initial local Seagrass
To ensure resources are available to support the Agency’s five major programs,
your comments and suggestions. Please feel free to contact us at any time.
SEATED, LEFT TO RIGHT:
Management Action Plan for the Tampa Bay region, the first of its kind. Through
Finance and Administration Management provides critical staff support.
Commissioner Al Higginbotham, EPC Chair
the PRF grants program, more than $600,000 was awarded to local groups to
This includes the preparation and monitoring of the Agency’s budgetary and
Sincerely, Commissioner Mark Sharpe
fund environmental restoration and cleanup within Hillsborough County.
financial requirements which total approximately $16 million and 176
positions. As illustrated in the EPC Revenue Sources graph (Figure 5),
THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION COMMISSION OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
Waste Management approximately 36 percent comes from grants, contracts and other funds; 47
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Waste Management Division programs are designed to protect and enhance
percent comes from the Hillsborough County’s General Revenue Fund, and 17
Tampa, FL 33619
both groundwater and surface water quality. In 2007, staff performed 5,134
percent from fees collected.
Rick Garrity, Ph.D. 813.627.2600
inspections of underground and above ground storage tank systems, solid
Executive Director Please visit us at www.epchc.org
The Division is responsible for coordinating the purchase of all goods and
waste management facilities and businesses which generate small quantities
services, coordination and submission of the Agency’s payroll/timekeeping,
of hazardous waste. All state contracted task assignments were completed,
processing all travel and coordination of all employment personnel functions of
104 storage tank systems were closed and the cleanup of 55 petroleum
the Agency with the Hillsborough County Civil Service and the Human
contaminated sites was completed. The Pollution Prevention (P2) program
Resources Department. The
conducted five free audits for local businesses, to identify ways to reduce or
Division is also responsible
eliminate pollutants, often resulting in both an environmental and economic
for the management
benefit. In addition, the P2 program continued to promote “Green Star”, an
of the vehicle fleet
industry-friendly program for auto repair facilities to achieve, and go beyond,
operation and
environmental compliance, and three facilities were certified. As of 2007, 11
replacement program,
auto salvage facilities received “Green Yard” certifications. In 2007, 35 admin-
operation and mainte-
istrative enforcement cases were resolved with payments of $36,570 in cost
nance of the Agency’s
reimbursement to the agency and $90,211 in administrative penalties.
electronic systems,
and provides security
Water Management
identification services.
The Water Management Division protects, restores, and enhances surface and
groundwater quality through the implementation of wastewater permitting,
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