THE FINE FOR POLLUTING THE WATERWAYS IN FLORIDA


FINES FOR POLLUTING WATER
$10,000 per offense
Any person that causes pollution which harms or injures human health or welfare, animal, plant, or aquatic life or fails to obtain a required permit under FAWPCA is liable for the damage cause and subject to a civil penalty for each offense in an amount of not more than $10,000 per offense.

Through the first week of December, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection assessed 352 penalties this year, totaling $4.4 million in fines for violating air, water, sewer, petroleum tank and other state environmental regulations.

By comparison, in 2010 DEP assessed 1,249 environmental penalties in Florida, totaling $10.2 million — more than 3 ½-times as many penalties and double thefines assessed this year.

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