FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 30, 2014
PARTNERSHIP WITH U.S. NAVY BENEFITS FLORIDA'S ENVIRONMENT
~Collaboration between military and state agency results in improved regulatory compliance~
JACKSONVILLE– The Florida Department
of Environmental Protection and the U.S. military continue to partner to positively impact Florida's environment. DEP's Northeast District participated in the
quarterly meeting of the Navy Compliance Partnering Team yesterday,
continuing the unique and productive collaboration.
After participating in the Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS) Annual
Shoreline Cleanup, the team discussed upcoming changes in Florida tank
regulations, the importance of pre-application meetings in reducing processing
times for recent NAS Jacksonville hazardous waste, wastewater and Title V
permit applications and how to continue to improve compliance at both
“We are proud of our
special partnership with the Navy," said Greg Strong, director of DEP's
Northeast District. "By working together to find solutions, we
can accomplish much more and ensure a higher level of environmental
This partnership has led to many successful projects and solutions. One example is a $4.4 million
wastewater reuse expansion project to eliminate all wastewater discharge, 315
million gallons per year, to the St. Johns River. The project also reduced groundwater withdrawal by 66 million gallons per year.
Captain Roy Undersander, Commanding Officer, Naval Air
Station Jacksonville, said "The partnership between
the Navy and the regulatory agencies is a win-win situation because the Navy
accomplishes its mission, while being a
good steward of the environment and good neighbor to surrounding
communities. The relationship is one of
collaboration and mutual trust resulting in a truly proactive program that
exceeds the standards."
2002, the Northeast District has been an active member of the Navy Compliance Partnering Team,
which is comprised of representatives from Naval Air Station Jacksonville,
Naval Station Mayport, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Naval Facilities
Engineering Command Southeast, the St. Johns River Water Management District,
the City of Jacksonville and DEP's Northeast District. The Navy Compliance Partnering Team
meets quarterly to develop and maintain a proactive partnership that identifies
and implements innovative solutions to improve compliance, protect public
health and improve Florida’s environment.
The Navy Compliance Partnering Team’s most important accomplishment has
been improved communication and trust. By openly discussing environmental
issues before they become serious problems, the team has been successful in
reducing violations and improving environmental compliance and sustainability.