Petrogram - Summer 2010 - (Page 19)
2010 Legislative Review
continued support of the FPMA membership through direct legislator contacts and capitol visits, there is little doubt that this program would have again been subsumed into the abyss of the state coffers. Maintaining tank cleanup funding for next session will again be top priority as the last of the federal stimulus money will have evaporated and, according to state economists, Florida’s economy will be slower to recover than the rest of the nation. Economists are projecting next year’s state budget to fall another $6 billion in the hole. Add to the mix that the Florida House, and especially the Senate, will take a much sharper turn toward conservative principles, leaving little option for stabilizing the state’s budget from anything other than existing revenue sources, including the tank cleanup program. Legislation developed and advanced by FPMA won passage on the ﬁnal day of session. Sponsored by Senator Carey Baker (R-Eustis) and Representative Ralph Poppell (R-Titusville), HB 1385 creates two new programs in the tank cleanup statute, the Low Scored Site Initiative (LSSI) and Long-Term Natural Attenuation Monitoring (NAM). For the better part of last year, FPMA worked with DEP and our bill sponsors to ﬁnd a way to make the tank cleanup program more eﬃcient. The LSSI program will require the department to review sites that are scored 10 or below to determine if natural attenuation has improved site contamination suﬃcient to be removed from the program, or whether the low-scored site should be moved up in the priority ranking for state-funded cleanup. Long-term NAM was created to be another tool that DEP can use to voluntarily allow sites that have reached a certain level of cleanup to complete the process through natural attenuation. If see COUNSEL on page 28
J. Michael Huey, Esq
Todd C. Steibly
n April 30, at 8:47 p.m., the 2010 Legislative Session fizzled to a close, having passed a mere 301 pieces of legislation, the second fewest bills passed since Republicans gained control of the legislature nearly 12 years ago. The legislature spent the last minutes of session passing a $70.4 billion budget. Thanks mostly to an infusion of $2.6 billion in federal stimulus monies, they were able to overcome a $3.2 billion budget hole. Yet, in order to achieve a balanced budget while setting aside sufficient “reserve” funds to mitigate the unforeseen, government services were again sacrificed. Health care services took the brunt of the spending cuts, while legislators again swept nearly $600 million from 30 trust funds, including $23 million from the Inland Protection Trust Fund (IPTF). Due to the tremendous eﬀorts made by FPMA and its members, legislators agreed to fund the petroleum tank cleanup preapproval program at $120 million. Last session, the entire IPTF, which provides the revenue for the tank cleanup program, was totally swept. Cleanup eﬀorts were kept on life support through the bonding of $90 million, on which the debt service will be paid back over the next 15 years from IPTF revenues at a rate of $10.2 million, annually. Were it not for the
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