In response to numerous calls and emails concerning confusion with information spreading about Waste Management renewing their request for a deep well injection permit, the TIMES spoke with Waste Management, NAACP President Ronstance Pittman, and Senator George Gainer. All three have reiterated they are in close contact about any plans Waste Management has for any additional facilities in Jackson County.
In a letter to Senator Gainer, Waste Management area vice-president wrote, “Dear Senator Gainer: Thank you for your time in meeting with Gary Hunter and I on Monday, September 10, in your office. As a follow up to that meeting, I wanted to formally restate what I committed to you in our conversation. Waste Management is proceeding to finalize an evaporator design for treatment of leachate generated at the Spring Hill Landfill. That process will require a modification to the air emissions permit for the landfill, which will need to be reviewed and acted upon by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). We expect to submit that permit modification application within the next 4 weeks. As I stated to you in our conversation, Waste Management will not move forward with the UIC test well permit application that is currently being held in abeyance by FDEP at our request. At the moment Waste Management receives a non-appealable final air emissions permit, we will withdraw the UIC test well application. We are most appreciative of the candor with which you have interacted with us over the past 15 months with respect to Waste Management’s options to treat leachate generated from the Springhill Landfill. We look forward to continuing to work with you in securing the necessary approvals for the alternative approach and welcome any questions you may have regarding this letter.”
In response to questions to Waste Management, they gave the following statement from Laura Aviles, Account Executive, “Waste Management is pursuing an evaporation process as an alternative to a deep well at Springhill Regional Landfill. If and when Waste Management secures all FDEP permitting required to operate such a process and this alternative solution is approved, we would eliminate pursuit of the deep well at this site and implement the evaporation process.”
Ronstance Pittman said in an interview Monday, “We, Senator Gainer and myself, are in direct and constant contact about any situation with Waste Management and they are adhering to their commitment to hold the UIC test well application in abeyance. We want to assure our citizens that we are staying on top of this.”
Senator Gainer reiterated the same as Pittman saying Waste Management had offered their full cooperation.
The TIMES will update our readers on any new developments with Waste Management and the Spring Hill Landfill.