JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. - Sen. Bill Nelson has joined the growing chorus opposed to an exploratory injection well in Jackson County.
Waste Management is requesting a permit to drill the deep disposal well at the Springhill Landfill in Campbellton. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) has not issued a permit to Waste Management.
In a letter to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency Nelson wrote that the location of the well is a mistake.
"Further, approving an environmentally risky deep injection well when there are existing locations ready and willing to accept the leachate just doesn’t make sense," Nelson wrote. "According to officials of the two wastewater facilities currently receiving leachate from the Springhill Regional Landfill, both plants have additional capacity to receive and process more landfill wastewater."
He added that it could pose a hazard to drinking water.
“Disposing of this potentially hazardous material so close to the aquifer could endanger Floridians’ drinking water supply,” Nelson wrote. “Despite opposition from residents and local officials, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued notice of a draft permit to approve the exploratory phase of the deep injection waste disposal well.”
“I strongly encourage you to ensure that the Florida DEP is not putting Floridians’ health and safety at risk by approving this permit.”
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