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Super Act


State Underground Petroleum Environmental Response Act (Super Act)


Inspector Sylvia Henderson

In response to ground water contamination resulting from leaking underground petroleum storage tanks the Department of Health was given public health responsibility in identifying drinking water wells around contaminated petroleum facilities. Recognizing the number of contaminated facilities and the threat to drinking water, a representative number of drinking water wells are sampled for petroleum contamination.

Picture of a storage tankUnder Chapter 376.3071, F.S., the SUPER Act Program is responsible for identifying areas in the state having drinking water contamination because of leaking underground storage tanks, surface spills and other discharges to the environment. This program conducts well surveillance in potentially impacted areas, notifies the public of potential adverse health effects and provides assistance in obtaining alternative sources of drinking water.


Since the program's inception, County Health Departments (CHDs) have investigated contaminated sites statewide and sampled drinking water systems under the direction of the State Health Office. These services are funded by the Legislature through the Inland Protection Trust Fund.  For more information visit: Petroleum Surveillance (SuperAct Program or http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Environment/water/superact.html