Title: Soil From Contaminated Landfill Has No Business in Pasco County
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Title: Soil From Contaminated Landfill Has No Business in Pasco County
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Language: English
Publisher: Pasco Times
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: Pasco Times Editorial August 10, 1986
General Note: Box 7, Folder 2 ( Vail Conference 1987 - 1987 ), Item 73
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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2 'TIMES u SUNDAY. AUGUST 10, 1986 n





Soil from contaminated landfill

has no business in Pasco County


Pinellas County officials
were incredulous when they
learned a few years ago that
one of their main supplies of
drinking water was threat-
ened by
uditodrio ^^
Those
deadly sub-
tances such as cyanide,
chromium, chlordane, ben-
aene and lead were found
in the soil at the Martin bor-
row pit in northwest Hillsbor-
ough County.
That might have been fine
at a hazardous waste disposal
site, but this borrow pit was
just 250 feet from the Ed-
ridge-Wilde Welfield, the
source of drinking water for
many of Pinelas' residents.
The Pinellas government
went to war, and a judge or-
dered that the pit must be
excavated that thousands
of cubic yards of the contami-
nated soil be removed to saf-
er locations.
Imagine the surprise of
Pasco County officials when
they discovered last week
that the agency charged with
protecting Florida's environ-
ment gave its blessing for
much of that soil to be taken
to an area just three miles
from the Starkey Wellfield -
the source of much of the
drinking water pumped to
Pasco residents.
The State Department of
Environmental Regulation
(DER) believes much of the
soil is safe, and on July 17
gave the owner of a closed
sanitary landfill near Odessa
permission to cover his pit
with soil from the Martin bor-
row pit.
.. T.Jiis credit, Charles
eding, owner of the closed
Pt iPasco. declined the of-
fer. e said he didn't need the,
bad publicity.
Unfortunately, much of
that possibly cpntaminatqd
soil did find its way Into'Pasco
County, not far from Red-
ding's landfill. James "Bob-
by" Martin sent 55 truck-
loads of the stuff to a nursery
whose owner Mickey Poppa
said it turned out to be unsuit-
able for topsoil.
"It had everything in it,"
Poppa told Times reporter
David Rogers last week. "It
looked like they iust leveled


downtown Tampa and then Pasco County when, it's my
covered it with dirt. We were understanding, the reason it
pulling pipes, cans, concrete, wa removed from Hillsbor-
everything from it." ough County was because of
So Poppa stacked the dirt the radiation of Pinellas
on the edge of his property. ICont sa water supply.
When County Administrator Itb samam-andstupid
n 1984, experts from the
John Gallagher got wind of all US. Environmental Protec-
this, he had county environ-
mental manager Bob Tiets ti Agency and the Pinell
take ome samples for B tet- County Water System coo-
take some samples for test- firmed the existence of the
ing. The results will be back pojem at the Matin of rr
next week. poso at the Matin borrow
next week. pit.A year later, a hydrologist
While the DER apparently hired by Pinellas said s~e
was unaware of the dumping found 88 different chemical
at the Odessa nursery, it. compounds in and around the
didn't have any problem with Martin dump site.;-
the idea of using it a short It seems clear that the soil
distance away. being removed would be bet-
Said Gallagher: "I find it ter transported to hazardous
Samang that the Department waste sites than topla lik
pf Envuov tal Regulation Qd, which i o to
swouldoifindlW k mh e d sthnd
Martin borrow pit suitable for of numerous private wells.

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ROY BAIN ................................ .................................Pu iser
JOE CHILDS ...................................................................... Ed or
JE TESTERMAN ......................................................... City Editor
L STEVENS ............................ ..................... Editor of Editorials
ROERT L. LUECKEL................................ Advertising Managr
MICnAEL SUGNER.......................... ............ Production Manager
PE TER TON................................................. Cir. ulation Manager


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Dirt from landfi brought to Pasco

irt from a conaminated borrow pit that Pinellas water
officials believe is thr ning thr primary water supply
war trucked into Pasco two months ago to a plant nursery
near Odes. Th dirt was taken from the Martin orrow
Pit in northwest Hborough County. whee onmental
officials have uncovered sueh cancOausing an deadly
material as arsnic, lead. chromiumi, marry, banane,
haptachlor and. In onae sample cyanide.




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