Springhill Landfill Seeks Deep Well to Dispose Wastewater

CAMPBELLTON, Fla. - New plans to dispose waste in Jackson County have some residents concerned.

The Springhill Regional Landfill in Campbellton is seeking approval to construct an exploratory well.

This new plan requires disposing leachate, or waste water underground at the landfill.

Jacob City resident and Jackson County NAACP President Ronstance Pittman said this new method is a cause for concern.

"Nobody wants to drink contaminated water. So people are alarmed about this proposal especially what it could mean for the future," said Pittman.

Pittman also adds that residents were ill-informed about the project.

"There was a first hearing on April 18th, and the legal notice was published, however it seems like nobody really knew it," said Pittman. 

The Springhill Landfill will apply for a Class V exploratory well drilling to see if a deep well disposal of the waste water is feasible.

Waste Management officials said the exploratory well permit does not allow injection into the well or disposal of the wastewater.

Waste Management added that the landfill leachate will be pumped into an injection well about 3500 feet below ground surface.

If the project is feasible, Springhill will move forward to apply for an approval of an injection well by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

However, Pittman and other residents have lingering questions.

"How will you know that this is safe, because the thing is, this is an invaluable asset to our community..our drinking water. And so we cannot take risk when it comes to our water," said Pittman.

The Jackson County NAACP is scheduled to host a public forum on the matter, May 16th at 6 p.m at the Jackson County Ag Center.

The Springhill Landfill Director will speak at the Chipola Civic Club Meeting on June 1st, at the Oaks Restaurant at noon.

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