Friday, March 5, 2010
Thousands of contamination sites could be removed from cleanup list
Underground petroleum tanks are being replaced at a convenience store in Tallahassee.
From the Florida Tribune:
The chairmen of key House and Senate committees have filed bills that supporters hope could lead to the removal of hundreds or thousands of low-risk petroleum contamination sites from the state's cleanup list.
The two measures - HB 1385 and SB 2592 - would allow 4,985 contamination site owners to ask the state to declare that no further cleanup action is required if certain requirements are met.
Rep. Ralph Poppell, R-Vero Beach and chairman of the House Natural Resources Appropriations Committee, said removing low-risk sites would allow the state to focus on sites that pose a greater threat to groundwater. There are nearly 14,000 contamination sites remaining in the state.
"We keep spending hundreds of millions of dollars and I don't think we're getting as far as we should," Poppell said. He sponsored the House bill and Sen. Carey Baker, R-Mount Dora and chairman of the Senate General Government Appropriations Committee, sponsored the identical bill in the Senate.
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