The department shall: (1) Provide technical assistance to county governments and regional planning councils to ensure consistency in implementing local hazardous waste management assessments as provided in ss. 403.7225, 403.7234, and 403.7236. In order to ensure that each local assessment is properly implemented and that all information gathered during the assessment is uniformly compiled and documented, each county or regional planning council shall contact the department during the preparation of the local assessment to receive technical assistance. Each county or regional planning council shall follow guidelines established by the department, and adopted by rule as appropriate, in order to properly implement these assessments.
(2) Identify short-term needs and long-term needs for hazardous waste management for the state on the basis of the information gathered through the local hazardous waste management assessments and other information from state and federal regulatory agencies and sources. The state needs assessment must be ongoing and must be updated when new data concerning waste generation and waste management technologies become available.