The feds recently scrapped the idea of sending stormwater 3,000 feet beneath sea level as a way to deal with heavy rain events and the damaging Lake Okeechobee discharges they ultimately lead to. According to spokesperson Jennifer Miller, with the Army Corps of Engineers, “The project in itself is in plan formulation phase and we’re looking at different features to see what is the most efficient plan moving forward.”
In a nutshell, that means what is called deep injection wells will not be considered in the near future as a way to store hundreds of billions of gallons of water that is now flushed out to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean each year.
Senator George Gainer has voiced his opposition to Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) granting the request by Waste Management to allow them to drill a deep injection disposal well at Springhill Landfill in Campbellton. Gainer recently attended the Jackson County Commission public forum held for the purpose of informing the citizens of what was at stake. At that meeting, Gainer said, “I’d like to say as far as the Senator from District 2, that the people I met with here tonight, the majority don’t want this well, and that will be where I stand on this thing tonight, tomorrow, and the next week.”
The purpose of the deep injection well is for the disposal of leachate not only from Jackson County but surrounding counties Waste Management is contracted through for disposal of their wastes. Senator Gainer has remained on top of this issue. In an interview with the TIMES office Wednesday, “If it is not okay with the Corps to inject stormwater water into the proposed systems, then it sure isn’t okay for Waste Management to inject a lot more toxic substance in the way of injection wells in Jackson County. I have a meeting scheduled with DEP, and I have contacted Congressman Neal Dunn. Dunn has also voiced similar concerns and we will be working together to voice the concerns of the citizens of Jackson County. In the very near future, we will be working together to see if the Corps can assist us in intervening to bring this matter to a close. I will make sure the concerns of the citizens of Jackson County are heard on this matter. This is not over yet.”